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

2005

Kalle Kleinlützum, Tobias Luksch, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Selbstständige Erstellung einer abstrakten topologiebasierten Karte für die autonome Exploration
Autonome Mobile Systeme (AMS) 2005, pp. 149-155, 2005, December, Stuttgart, Germany
Karsten Berns, Tim Braun
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Design Concept of a Human-like Robot Head
Proceedings of the IEEE-RAS/RSJ International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pp. 32-37, 2005, December 5-7, Tsukuba, Japan
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Extension Approach for the Behaviour-Based Control System of the Outdoor Robot RAVON
Autonome Mobile Systeme, pp. 123-129, 2005, December 8-9, Stuttgart, Germany
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Stereo-Vision-Based Obstacle Avoidance in Rough Outdoor Terrain
International Symposium on Motor Control and Robotics (ISMCR), Brussels, Belgium, 2005, November
T. Luksch, K. Berns, F. Flörchinger
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Actuation System and Control Concept for a Running Biped
Fast Motions in Biomechanics and Robotics, Springer Verlag, 2005, September 7-9, Heidelberg, Germany
T. Braun, K. Szentpetery, K. Berns
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Detecting and Following Humans with a Mobile Robot
Proceedings of the EOS Conference On Industrial Imaging and Machine Vision, 2005, June
Jan Koch, Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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Inertial Navigation for Wheeled Robots in Outdoor Terrain
5th IEEE Workshop on Robot Motion and Control (RoMoCo), pp. 169-174 , 2005, June 23-25, Dymaczewo, Poland
Jens Wettach, Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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Thermodynamical Modelling and Control of an Adhesion System for a Climbing Robot
20th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 2727-2732 , 2005, April 18-22, Barcelona, Spain
M. Proetzsch, T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Fault-Tolerant Behavior-Based Motion Control for Offroad Navigation
Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4697-4702 , 2005, April 18-22, Barcelona, Spain
T. Okada, K. Kurosaki, K. Berns, R. Dillmann
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Measurement of Resultant Acceleration in 3D Space Based on Sensing a Metallic Ball Position on Elastic Layer Located at Inside of a Spherical Shell
in Transactions of the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, vol. 41, no. 10, pp. 787-796, 2005
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns
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Obstacle Detection and Avoidance for Mobile Outdoor Robotics
EOS Conference on Industrial Imaging and Machine Vision, 2005
Berns, K.
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Aufbau eines autonomen Gabelstaplers zur Durchführung von Transportaufgaben
Praktikumsbericht, 2005, Wintersemester 2004
Karsten Berns
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Dynamische Laufmaschinen
Seminarberichte, 2005, Wintersemester 2004/05
Karsten Berns
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Navigation eines autonomen Roboters in unbekannter Umgebung
Seminarberichte, 2005, Wintersemester 2005/06