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

2012

Sebastian Blank, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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A Biologically Motivated Approach Towards Modular and Robust Low-Level Sensor Fusion for Application in Agricultural Machinery Design
in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, vol. 89, pp. 10-17, 2012, November, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2012.07.016
Salah Saleh, Anne Kickton, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Using Depth Information to Perceive an Interaction Partner
Workshop on Human Friendly Robotics, 2012, October 18-19, Brussels, Belgium
Krzysztof Mianowski, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Robot humanoidalny ROMAN wyrażający emocje (Humanoid Robot ROMAN Expressing Emotions)
Proceedings of the Polish National Conference in Robotics (KKR), 2012, September 12-16, Swieradow, Poland
Christopher Armbrust, Lisa Kiekbusch, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns
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Verification of Behaviour Networks Using Finite-State Automata
KI 2012: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Springer, 2012, September 24-27, Saarbrücken, Germany, http://www.shaker.de/de/content/catalogue/index.asp?lang=de&ID=8&ISBN=978-3-8440-0798-5
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Advanced Motion Control for Safe Navigation of an Omnidirectional Wall-Climbing Robot
22nd Conference on Autonomous Mobile Systems (AMS), pp. 137-145, 2012, September 26-28, Stuttgart, Germany
Michael Arndt, Sebastian Wille, Luiza de Souza, Karsten Berns, Norbert Wehn
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Combining Robotic Frameworks with a Smart Environment Framework: MCA2/SimVis3D and TinySEP
Proceedings of the Ubirobots 2012 Workshop conducted at the 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2012), ACM, pp. 818--825, 2012, September 8, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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Introducing FINROC: A Convenient Real-time Framework for Robotics based on a Systematic Design Approach
Technical Report, 2012, July, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns, Jürgen Ohr
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Analysis of Sliding Suction Cups for Negative Pressure Adhesion of a Robot Climbing on Concrete Walls
15th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) , pp. 813-820, 2012, July 23-26, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Jie Zhao, Karsten Berns
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Integrating Capture Point into Biologically Motivated Controlled Biped for Maintaining Stable State
15th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) , 2012, July 23-26, Baltimore, USA
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Risk Prediction of a Behavior-Based Adhesion Control Network for Online Safety Analysis of Wall-Climbing Robots
9th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 118-123, 2012, July 28-31, Rome, Italy
Dr. Tamas Juhasz, Daniel Schmidt, Lisa Kiekbusch, Prof. Ulrich Schmucker, Prof. Karsten Berns
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Modellierung und verteilte Simulation eines autonomen Mobilbaggers
in Tagungsband Fachtagung Digitales Engineering zum Planen, Testen und Betreiben Technischer Systeme, pp. 123-130, 2012, June 26-28
Michael Arndt, Karsten Berns
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Optimized Mobile Indoor Robot Navigation through probabilistic Tracking of People in a Wireless Sensor Network
Proceedings of the 7th German Conference on Robotics (Robotik 2012), VDI Verlag, Berlin, pp. 355-360, 2012, May 21--22, Munich, Germany
Jochen Hirth, Norbert Schmitz, Karsten Berns
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Playing Tangram with the Humanoid Robot ROMAN
Proceedings of the German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK), pp. 18-23, 2012, May 21-22, Munich, Germany
Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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Ground Plan Based Exploration with a Mobile Indoor Robot
Proceedings of the 7th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK), VDE Verlag GmbH, pp. 452-457, 2012, May 21-22, Munich, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8007-3418-4
Christopher Armbrust, Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Generating Behaviour Networks from Finite-State Machines
Proceedings of the 7th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2012), 2012, May 22--25
Karsten Berns, Christian Schindler, Klaus Dreßler, Barbara Jörg, Ralf Kalmar, Gregor Zolynski
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Commercial Vehicle Technology 2012 – Proceedings of the 2nd Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2012)
Shaker Verlag, 2012, March
Sergey Pluzhnikov, Daniel Schmidt, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Behavior-based Arm Control for an Autonomous Bucket Excavator
Proceedings of the 2nd Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2012), Shaker Verlag, pp. 251-261, 2012, March 13-15, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Gregor Zolynski, Christopher Schank, Karsten Berns
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Point Cloud Gathering for an Autonomous Bucket Excavator in Dynamic Surroundings
Proceedings of the 2nd Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium (CVT 2012), Shaker Verlag, pp. 262-271, 2012, March 13-15, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns, Krzysztof Mianowski
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Designing Arms and Hands for the Humanoid Robot ROMAN
in Advanced Materials Research, vol. 463--464, pp. 1233-1237, 2012, Selected papers from ICMERA2010 - doi:10.4082/www.scientific.net/AMR.463-464.1233
Michael Arndt, Karsten Berns
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Mobile Robots in Smart Environments: The Current Situation
Autonomous Mobile Systems 2012, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 39-47, 2012, 10.1007/978-3-642-32217-4\_5
Tobias Luksch, Karsten Berns
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Modeling and Control of Dynamically Walking Bipedal Robots
Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Bipedal Walking, pp. 131--143, 2012
Katja Mombaur, Karsten Berns
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Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Bipedal Walking
Springer, vol. 18, 2012, ISBN-13: 978-3-642-36367-2 (Print), 978-3-642-36368-9 (Online)
Thomas Wahl, Karsten Berns
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Modeling Human-Like Joint Behavior with Mechanical and Active Stiffness
Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Bipedal Walking, pp. 261--272, 2012
Karsten Berns
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Mapping for Mobile Robots
Master seminar reports, 2012, Winter semester 2011/12
Karsten Berns
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Sensoren für sicherheitskritische Anwendungen in der Robotik
Bachelorseminarberichte, 2012, Wintersemester 2011/12