Head of Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns

Phone: 0631 205-2613
Room: 48-360
Mail: bernsinformatik.uni-klde


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.



Daniel Schmidt, Carsten Hillenbrand, Karsten Berns
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Omnidirectional Locomotion and Traction Control of the Wheel-driven Wall-climbing Robot CROMSCI
in Robotica Journal, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 991-1003, 2011, December
Christopher Armbrust, Syed Atif Mehdi, Max Reichardt, Jan Koch, Karsten Berns
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Using an Autonomous Robot to Maintain Privacy in Assistive Environments
in Security and Communications Networks: Special Issue on Privacy and Security in Pervasive e-Health and Assistive Environments, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 1275-1293, 2011, November
Karl Heckemann, Manuel Gesell, Thomas Pfister, Karsten Berns, Klaus Schneider, Mario Trapp
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Safe Automotive Software
15th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, vol. 6884, pp. 167-176, 2011, September 12-14
Jie Zhao, Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns
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Controlling Human-like Locomotion of a Biped by a Biologically Motivated Approach
14th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) , 2011, September 6-8, Paris, France
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-Based Adhesion Control System for Safe Adherence of Wall-Climbing Robots
14th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 857-864, 2011, September 7-9, Paris, France
Christopher Armbrust, Lisa Kiekbusch, Karsten Berns
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Using Behaviour Activity Sequences for Motion Generation and Situation Recognition
Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2011), SciTePress - Science and Technology Publications, pp. 120-127, Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), 2011, July 28-31, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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Perception Systems for Naturally Interacting Humanoid Robots
IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 425-432, 2011, July 31 - August 3, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sebastian Blank, Georg Kormann, Karsten Berns
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A Modular Sensor Fusion Approach for Agricultural Machines
XXXVI CIOSTA \& CIGR Section V Conference, 2011, June, Vienna, Austria
Karsten Berns, Christopher Armbrust
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Off-road Robotics
Springer, vol. 25, no. 2, 2011, May
Christopher Armbrust, Martin Proetzsch, Karsten Berns
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Behaviour-Based Off-Road Robot Navigation
in KI - Künstliche Intelligenz, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 155-160, 2011, May, this publication is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13218-011-0090-2
Karsten Berns, Klaus-Dieter Kuhnert, Christopher Armbrust
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Off-road Robotics - An Overview
in KI - Künstliche Intelligenz, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 109-116, 2011, May, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13218-011-0100-4
Sebastian Blank, Thomas Pfister, Karsten Berns
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Sensor Failure Detection Capabilities in Low-Level Fusion: A Comparison Between Fuzzy Voting and Kalman Filtering
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 4974-4979, 2011, May, Shanghai, China
Syed Atif Mehdi, Karsten Berns
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Probabilistic Search of Human by Autonomous Mobile Robot
4th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, 2011, May 25-27, Crete, Greece
Krzysztof Mianowski, Karsten Berns, Jochen Hirth
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Robot ROMAN for investigations of human-robot interaction
Proceedings of the Conference on Automation - Inovations and Future Prospectives, 2011, April 6-8, Warsaw, Poland
Syed Atif Mehdi, Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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A Simulated Environment for Elderly Care Robot
Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems (PECCS), pp. 562-567, 2011, March 5-7, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Thomas W. Rauber, Karsten Berns
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Kernel Multilayer Perceptron
XXIV Sibgrapi – Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images, IEEE Computer Society's Conference Publishing Services (CPS), 2011
Jochen Hirth, Syed Atif Mehdi, Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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Development of a Simulated Environment for Human-Robot Interaction
in Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering - Special Section on Robotics, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 465-472, 2011, Invited Paper - e-ISSN: 2087-278X , p-ISSN: 1693-6930
Jochen Hirth, Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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Towards Social Robots: Designing an Emotion-based Architecture
in International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 273-290, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s12369-010-0087-2
Tamas Juhasz, Sergiy Dzhantimirov, Lisa Kiebusch, Karsten Berns, Ulrich Schmucker
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Verteilte Echtzeitsimulation eines autonomen Fahrzeugsystems
Digitales Engineering und Virtuelle Techniken zum Planen, Testen und Betreiben Technischer Systeme, pp. 179-183, Fraunhofer IFF, Magdeburg, 2011
Karsten Berns
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Outdoor Robotics - Sensing and Planning
Master seminar reports, 2011, Winter semester 2010/11
Karsten Berns
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Outdoorrobotik - Sensoren und Pfadplanungsalgorithmen
Bachelor Seminar Report, 2011, Wintersemester 2010/2011