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

2004

T. Braun, K. Berns
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Edutainment with Climbing Robots - a Practical Course for Students
1st CLAWAR/EURON Workshop on Robots in Entertainment, Leisure and Hobby, 2004, December 2-4, Vienna, Austria
Carsten Hillenbrand, Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Simulation of Climbing Robots Using Underpressure for Adhesion
7th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2004, September 22-24, Madrid, Spain
K. Berns, T. Braun, C. Hillenbrand, T. Luksch
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Developing Climbing Robots for Education
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 982-900, 2004, September 22-24, Madrid, Spain
M. Proetzsch, T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Behaviour-based Motion Control for Offroad Navigation
International Workshop on Humanitarian Demining (HUDEM), 2004, June 16-18, Brussels, Belgium
Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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A Sensor System for the Localisation of Climbing Robots
4th International Workshop on Robot Motion and Control (RoMoCo), pp. 109-114 , 2004, June 17-20, Puszczykowo, Poland
Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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A Climbing Robot based on under Pressure Adhesion for the Inspection of Concrete Walls
35th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), pp. 119, 2004, March 23-26, Paris, France
Karsten Berns
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Sensorsysteme in der Robotik
Proseminarberichte, 2004, Sommersemester
Karsten Berns
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Humanoide Roboter
Seminarberichte, 2004, Sommersemester
Berns, K.
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Entwicklung eines Kletterroboters für die Reinigung und zum Streichen von Stahlwänden
Praktikumsbericht, 2004, Wintersemester 2003
Karsten Berns
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Laufmaschinen
Seminarberichte, 2004, Wintersemester 2003/04