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

2003

B. Gassmann, L. Frommberger, R. Dillmann, K. Berns
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Real-time 3d map building for local navigation of a walking robot in unstructured terrain
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 2185--2190 , 2003, October 27-31, Las Vegas, US
B. Gassmann, L. Frommberger, R. Dillmann, K. Berns
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Improving the walking behaviour of a legged robot using a three-dimensional environment model
6th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 319-326, 2003, September 17-19, Catania, Italy
K. Berns, C. Hillenbrand, T. Luksch
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Climbing Robots for Commercial Applications - a survey
6th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 771-776, 2003, September 17-19, Catania, Italy
J. Albiez, T. Kerscher, F. Grimminger, U. Hochholdinger, R. Dillmann, K. Berns
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PANTER - prototype for a fast-running quadruped robot with pneumatic muscles
6th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 617-624, 2003, September 17-19, Catania, Italy
K. Berns, F. Grimminger, U. Hochholdinger, T. Kerscher, J. Albiez
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Design and Control of a Leg for the Running Machine PANTER
11th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), pp. 2185-2190, 2003, June 30-July 3, Coimbra, Portugal
Karsten Berns, Carsten Hillenbrand
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A Climbing Robot for Inspection Tasks in Civil Engineering
1st International Workshop on Advances in Service Robotics (ASER), 2003, March 13-15, Bardolino, Italy
Jan Albiez, Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns, Rüdiger Dillmann
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A Behaviour Network Concept for Controlling Walking Machines
2nd International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines (AMAM), 2003, March 4-8, Kyoto, Japan
Jan Albiez, Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns, Rüdiger Dillmann
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An Activation-Based Behavior Control Architecture for Walking Machines
in The International Journal on Robotics Research, Sage Publications, vol. 22, pp. 203-211, 2003
J. Albiez, T. Luksch, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Reactive reflex-based control for a four-legged walking machine
in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Elsevier, 2003
K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Special Issue on 4th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots
in The International Journal on Robotics Research, Sage Publications, 2003
Karsten Berns
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Lokalisation und Landkartenerstellung für die Navigation autonomer mobiler Robotersysteme
Seminarberichte, 2003, Sommersemester