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

2018

Zuhair Zafar, Sarwar Hussain Paplu, Karsten Berns
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Automatic Assessment of Human Personality Traits: A Step towards Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction
2018 IEEE-RAS 18th International Conference on Humanoid Robotics (Humanoids), pp. 670-675, 2018, November 6-9, Beijing, China
Steffen Hemer, Tobias Groll, Karsten Berns
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Backhoe Bucket Volume and Trench Monitoring using a Time-of-Flight Camera
7. Fachtagung Baumaschinentechnik 2018: Digitalisierung, Automatisierung, Mensch , Forschungsvereinigung Bau- und Baustoffmaschinen e.V. FVB, Forschungsvereinigung Bau- und Baustoffmaschinen e.V. FVB, 2018, September 20--21, Dresden
Atabak Nejadfard, Steffen Schütz, Patrick Vonwirth, Krzysztof Mianowski, Karsten Berns
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Coordination of the Biarticular Actuators Based on Instant Power in an Explosive Jump Experiment
IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), 2018, July 9-12
Alexander Köpper, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-Based Local Path-Planning by Exploiting Inverse Kinematics on FPGA
Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics, Springer International Publishing, pp. 466--474, 2018, June 06-08, Patras, Greece
Thorsten Ropertz, Patrick Wolf, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-Based Low-Level Control for (semi-) Autonomous Vehicles in Rough Terrain
Proceedings of ISR 2018: 50th International Symposium on Robotics, VDE VERLAG GMBH, pp. 386--393, 2018, June 20--21, Munich, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8007-4699-6
Alexander Köpper, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-Based Approach for Calculation of a Robot Arm’s Inverse Kinematics on a FPGA
Proceedings of ISR 2018: 50th International Symposium on Robotics, VDE VERLAG GmbH, pp. 306-313, VDE, 2018, June 20-21, Munich, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8007-4699-6
Zuhair Zafar, Sarwar Hussain Paplu, Karsten Berns
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Real-time Recognition of Extroversion-Introversion Trait in Context of Human-Robot Interaction
Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics: Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2018, Springer International Publishing, vol. 67, pp. 63-70, 2018, June 6-8, Cham, Switzerland, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00232-9 ISBN: 978-3-030-00232-9
Karsten Berns, Patrick Wolf, Peter Decker
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Auf dem Weg zur autonomen Straßenfertigung. Kooperation und Kommunikation von vollauto­matisierten Nutzfahrzeugen in der Baustelle von morgen am Beispiel von BOMAG Tandemwalzen.
in CVC News, vol. 1, pp. 12--15, 2018, Juni
Patrick Wolf, Thorsten Ropertz, Moritz Oswald, Karsten Berns
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Local Behavior-Based Navigation in Rough Off-Road Scenarios based on Vehicle Kinematics
2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 719--724, 2018, May 21--25, Brisbane, Australia
Karsten Berns, Zuhair Zafar
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Emotion Based Human-Robot Interaction
Proceedings of the 13th International Scientific-Technical Conference on Electromechanics and Robotics "Zavalishin's Readings" (ER(ZR)), 2018, April 18-21, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sebastian Müller, Patrick Wolf, Karsten Berns, Peter Liggesmeyer
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Combining Behavior-Based and Contract-Based Control Architectures for Behavior Optimization of Networked Autonomous Vehicles in Unstructured Environments
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2018. Proceedings of the 5th Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium -- CVT 2018, Springer Vieweg, pp. 324--335, Commercial Vehicle Alliance Kaiserslautern (CVA), 2018, March 13--15, Kaiserslautern, Germany, ISBN 978-3-658-21299-5, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-21300-8, URL: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-658-21300-8.pdf
Thorsten Ropertz, Patrick Wolf, Karsten Berns, Jochen Hirth, Peter Decker
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Cooperation and Communication of Autonomous Tandem Rollers in Street Construction Scenarios
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2018. Proceedings of the 5th Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium -- CVT 2018, Springer Vieweg, pp. 25--36, Commercial Vehicle Alliance Kaiserslautern (CVA), 2018, March 13--15, Kaiserslautern, Germany, ISBN 978-3-658-21299-5, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-21300-8, URL: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-658-21300-8.pdf
Patrick Wolf, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns, Martin Thul, Peter Wetzel, Achim Vogt
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Behavior-Based Control for Safe and Robust Navigation of an Unimog in Off-Road Environments
Commercial Vehicle Technology 2018. Proceedings of the 5th Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium -- CVT 2018, Springer Vieweg, pp. 63--76, Commercial Vehicle Alliance Kaiserslautern (CVA), 2018, March 13--15, Kaiserslautern, Germany, ISBN 978-3-658-21299-5, DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-21300-8, URL: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-658-21300-8.pdf
Zuhair Zafar, Rahul Venugopal, Karsten Berns
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Real-Time Recognition of Human Postures for Human-Robot Interaction
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI), pp. 114-119, 2018, March 25-29, Rome, Italy
Axel Vierling, Tanittha Sutjaritvorakul , Karsten Berns
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Crane safety system with monocular and controlled zoom cameras
Proceedings of the 35th ISARC, Berlin, Germany, pp. 873-879, 2018