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

2008

Norbert Schmitz, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Realization of Natural Interaction Dialogs in Public Environments using the Humanoid Robot ROMAN
Proceedings of the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pp. 579-584, 2008, December 1-3, Daejeon, Korea
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Action/Perception-Oriented Robot Software Design: An Application in Off-road Terrain
IEEE 10th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), 2008, December 17--20, Hanoi, Vietnam
Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Motives as Intrinsic Activation for Human-Robot Interaction
Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 773-778, 2008, September 22-26, Nice, France
Jan Koch, Max Reichardt, Karsten Berns
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Universal Web Interfaces for Robot Control Frameworks
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2008, September 22-26, Nice, France
Tim Braun, Henning Bitsch, Karsten Berns
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Visual Terrain Traversability Estimation using a Combined Slope/Elevation Model
KI 2008: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, vol. 5243, pp. 177--184, 2008, September 23-26, Kaiserslautern, Germany
A.R. Dengel, K. Berns, T.M. Breuel, F. Bomarius, T.R. Roth-Berghofer
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AI 2008: Advances in Artificial Intelligence
Springer, 2008, September 23-26, Kaiserslautern, http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/book/978-3-540-89377-6
T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Initiating Normal Walking of a Dynamic Biped with a Biologically Motivated Control
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2008, September 8-10, Coimbra, Portugal
Carsten Hillenbrand, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Cromsci - A Climbing Robot With Multiple Sucking Chambers For Inspection Tasks
11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 311-318, 2008, September 8-10, Coimbra, Portugal
Tim Braun, Benjamin Seidler, Karsten Berns
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Adaptive Visual Terrain Traversability Estimation using Behavior Observation
Proceedings of IARP Workshop on Environmental Maintenance and Protection, 2008, July
Tim Braun, Karsten Berns
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Topological Edge Cost Estimation through Spatio-Temporal Integration of Low-level Behaviour Assessments
Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS-10), IOS Press, pp. 84--91, 2008, July
Gregor Zolynski, Tim Braun, Karsten Berns
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Local Binary Pattern Based Texture Analysis in Real Time using a Graphics Processing Unit (long version)
Proceedings of Robotik 2008, VDI Wissensforum GmbH, vol. 2012, 2008, June, Extended CD-ROM Version, ISBN 978-3-18-092012-2
J. Wettach, K. Berns
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Building Reliable 2D Maps from 3D Features (long version)
Proceedings of Robotik 2008, VDI Wissensforum GmbH, vol. 2012, VDI, 2008, June, Extended CD-ROM Version, ISBN: 978-3-18-092012-2
T. Luksch, K. Berns
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Controlling Dynamic Motions of Biped Robots with Reflexes and Motor Patterns
Fourth International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines (AMAM), pp. 115-116, 2008, June 1-6, Cleveland, USA
Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Building Reliable 2D Maps from 3D Features
Proceedings of the 5th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK), VDI Wissensforum GmbH, vol. 2012, pp. 325-328, VDI, 2008, June 11-12, Munich, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-18-092012-2
Gregor Zolynski, Tim Braun, Karsten Berns
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Local Binary Pattern Based Texture Analysis in Real Time using a Graphics Processing Unit
Proceedings of Robotik 2008, VDI Wissensforum GmbH, vol. 2012, pp. 321--325, VDI, 2008, June 11-12, Munich, Germany, ISBN 978-3-18-092012-2
Jan Koch, Christopher Armbrust, Karsten Berns
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Small Service Robots for Assisted Living Environments
VDI/VDE Fachtagung Robotik, 2008, June 11-12, Munich, Germany
Carsten Hillenbrand, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Cromsci - Development of a Climbing Robot with Negative Pressure Adhesion for Inspections
in Industrial Robot Journal, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 228-237, 2008, May 13
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Andreas Hach, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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3D Obstacle Detection and Avoidance in Vegetated Off-road Terrain
Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 923-928, 2008, May 19-23, Pasadena, CA, USA, ISBN: 978-1-4244-1646-2
Tim Leichner, Tobias Gastauer, Bernd Sauer, Carsten Hillenbrand, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Design and development of a sealing-system for climbing-robots
6th National Conference on Mechanical Engineering (Gepeszet), 2008, May 29-30, Budapest, Hungary
Samuel Strupp, Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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Visual-Based Emotion Detection for Natural Man-Machine Interaction
31st Annual German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI), 2008, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Thomas W. Rauber, Tim Braun, Karsten Berns
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Probabilistic Distance Measures of the Dirichlet and Beta distributions
in Pattern Recognition, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 637--645, 2008
Flavio Garcia Pereira, Norbert Schmitz, Raquel Frizera Vassallo, Karsten Berns
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Gesture based Interaction with the Humanoid Robot ROMAN
3rd International Workshop on Intelligent Robotics (IROBOT), 2008, 14-18 October 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
Karsten Berns
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Behaviour- and Emotion-based Control Architectures
Seminar reports, 2008, Winter semester 2007/08