Head of Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns

Phone: 0631 205-2613
Room: 48-360
Mail: bernsinformatik.uni-klde

Vita

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns has studied computer science with a special focus on artificial intelligence at the University of Kaiserslautern (1982 to 1988). For his research on "Neural Networks for the Control of a six-legged Walking Machine" he received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 1994. As head of the IDS (Interactive Diagnosis and Service Systems) department of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe (till 2003) he examined adaptive control concepts for different types of service robots. Since 2003 he is a full professor at the University of Kaiserslautern.

His present research activities are realization of reliable, complex autonomous robotic systems. In this regard, he and his research group are developing a robotic middleware, namely Finroc, a behavior-based control architecture, iB2C, as well as different validation and verification methodologies. The main application area is off-road robotics, in which autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles like small trucks, excavators, harvesters, tractors, and rescue robots are under development.

Prof. Berns is a frequent reviewer of several journals and robotic conferences. Furthermore, he is a member of a number of editorial boards. He also acts as a reviewer for several national and international funding organizations. He is a member of the IEEE, the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and the CLAWAR Association. He is a member of the executive committee of the German Robotics Association (DGR) and is leader of the technical committee for robotic systems of the GI. He has also served as a Dean of the department of computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern (2007-2010). He is a member of the scientific directorate Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics of the Dagstuhl Seminar. Currently, he is the spokesperson of the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) at the University of Kaiserslautern.

Publications

2002

Bernd Gassmann, Karsten Berns
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Local Navigation of Lauron III walking in rough terrain
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 509--514, 2002, September 25-27, Paris, France
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Hierarchical activation based behaviour architecture for a four-legged walking machine
5th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2002, September 25-27, Paris, France
D. Nguyen, K. Regenstein, K. Berns
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Mobile Platform Control and Navigation for the Humanoid Robot ARMAR
International Colloquium on Autonomous and Mobile Systems, 2002
T. Kerscher, J. Albiez, K. Berns
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Joint Control of a Six-legged Robot AirBug Driven by Fluidic Muscles
Third International Workshop on Robotik Motion and Control, Bukowy, 2002
C. Hillenbrand, J. Albiez, T. Kerscher, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Control of the Pneumatic Muscle Driven Walking Machine Airbug
Intelligent Autonomous Systems 7, IOS-Press, 2002
C. Hillenbrand, K. Berns
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Navigation and Localization Devices and the Concept for a Mobile Robot
IEEE - International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP) Chiang Mai /Thailand, 2002
G. Bretthauer, J. Wittenburg, H. Wörn, A. Albers, K. Berns, J. Martin, R. Keppler, D. Osswald, W. Burger, K. Regenstein
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Mechatronische Konzepte zur Verbesserung der Mensch-Maschine Interaktion
Human Centered Robotics Systems (HCRS 2002), 2002
K. Berns
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Biological Inspired Walking Machines
Intelligent Autonomous Systems 7, IOS-Press, 2002
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, W. Ilg, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Reactive Reflex based Control for a four-legged Walking Machine
Intelligent Autonomous Systems 7, IOS-Press, 2002
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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An Activation Based Behaviour Control Architecture for Walking Machines
7th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, 2002
K. Berns
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Biological Inspired Walking Machines
in Intelligent Autonomous Systems 7, IOS-Press, 2002
Berns, K.
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Ein Serviceroboter für die Inspektion großer Flächen
2002
Berns, K.
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Future Trends in Climbing and Walking robots
2002
Berns, K.
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Ein Haushaltsroboter für die Bodenreinigung
2002