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

2013

Jie Zhao, Steffen Schütz, Karsten Berns
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Biologically Motivated Push Recovery Strategies for a 3D Bipedal Robot Walking in Complex Environments
IEEE - International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (Robio 2013), 2013, December 12-14, Shenzhen, China
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Patrick Fleischmann, Michael Arndt, Karsten Berns
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Principles in Framework Design applied in Networked Robotics
Proceedings of the 3rd IFAC Symposium on Telematics Applications, pp. 150-155, IFAC, 2013, November 11-13, Seoul, South Korea, invited paper
Syed Muhammad Abbas, Abubakr Muhammad, Syed Atif Mehdi, Karsten Berns
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Improvements in Accuracy of Single Camera Terrain Classification
16th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, pp. 1-6, 2013, November 25-29, Montevideo, Uruguay
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Development and Applications of a Simulation Framework for a Wall-Climbing Robot
26th International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 2321-2326, 2013, November 3-7, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Safe Navigation of a Wall-Climbing Robot by Methods of Risk Prediction and Suitable Counteractive Measures
26th International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 2309-2314, 2013, November 3-7, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan
Geert De Cubber, Daniela Doroftei, Yvan Baudoin, Daniel Serrano, Karsten Berns, Christopher Armbrust, Keshav Chintamani, Rui Sabino, Stéphane Ourevitch, Tommaso Flamma
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Search and Rescue robots developed by the European ICARUS project
Proceedings of the IARP Seventh International Workshop on Robotics for Risky Environments - Extreme Robotics (7th IARP RISE-ER 2013), International Advanced Robotics Programme, 2013, October 1-3, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Daniel Schmidt, Tamas Juhasz, Karsten Berns, Ulrich Schmucker
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Interconnection of the behavior-based control architecture and a detailed mechatronic machine model for realistic behavior verification of the Thor project
Informatik 2013, Springer, 2013, September 16-20, Koblenz, Germany
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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Design Principles in Robot Control Frameworks
Informatik 2013, pp. 2765-2779, 2013, September 16-20, Koblenz, Germany
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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On Software Quality-motivated Design of a Real-time Framework for Complex Robot Control Systems
in Electronic Communications of the EASST, vol. 60: Software Quality and Maintainability 2013, 2013, August, this publication is available at http://journal.ub.tu-berlin.de/eceasst/article/view/855
Krzysztof Mianowski, Karsten Berns, Jochen Hirth
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The Artificial Hand with Elastic Fingers for Humanoid Robot Roman
Proceedings of the International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR), 2013, August 26-29, Miedzyzdroje, Poland
Patrick Fleischmann, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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Trajectory Planning and Lateral Control for Agricultural Guidance Applications
The 2013 ICITA Journal of Information Technology and Applications, 2013, July 1-4, ISBN: 978-0-9803267-5-8, in press
Jie Zhao, Karsten Berns, Roberto Baptista, Antonio Bo
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A Comparison of a Passive and Variable-Damping Controlled Leg Prosthesis in a Simulated Environment
16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), 2013, July 14-17, Sydney, Australia
Daniel Schmidt, Marcel Jung, Karsten Berns
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Examination of Surface Feature Analysis and Terrain Traversability for a Wall-Climbing Robot
16th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR), pp. 309-316, 2013, July 14-17, Sydney, Australia
Daniel Schmidt, Jens Wettach, Karsten Berns
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3D Realtime Simulation Framework for a Wall-Climbing Robot using Negative-Pressure Adhesion
10th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), pp. 184-191, 2013, July 29-31, Reykjavik, Iceland
Jie Zhao, Karsten Berns, Roberto Baptista, Antonio Bo
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Design of Variable-Damping Control for Prosthetic Knee based on a Simulated Biped
IEEE - International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2013), 2013, June 24-26, Seattle, USA
Michael Arndt, Max Reichardt, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Requirements for Interoperability and Seamless Integration of Different Robotic Frameworks
Proceedings of the eighth full-day Workshop on Software Development and Integration in Robotics (SDIR VIII), in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 38-40, 2013, May, Karlsruhe, Germany
Christopher Armbrust, Lisa Kiekbusch, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns
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Quantitative Aspects of Behaviour Network Verification
Proceedings of the 26th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Springer, vol. 7884, 2013, May 28-31, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Christopher Armbrust, Lisa Kiekbusch, Thorsten Ropertz, Karsten Berns
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Tool-Assisted Verification of Behaviour Networks
Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013), pp. 1813--1820, 2013, May 6-10, Karlsruhe, Germany
Max Reichardt, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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On Software Quality-motivated Design of a Real-time Framework for Complex Robot Control Systems
Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Software Quality and Maintainability (SQM), in conjunction with the 17th European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR), 2013, March 5, Genoa, Italy
Salah Saleh, Anne Kickton, Jochen Hirth, Karsten Berns
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Robust Perception of an Interaction Partner Using Depth Information
Proceeding of the International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions (ACHI), 2013, February 24-March 1, Nice, France
Patrick Fleischmann, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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Detection of Field Structures for Agricultural Vehicle Guidance
in KI - Künstliche Intelligenz, pp. 1-7, 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13218-013-0264-1
Michael Arndt, Sebastian Wille, Luiza de Souza, Vítor Fortes Rey, Norbert Wehn, Karsten Berns
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Performance evaluation of ambient services by combining robotic frameworks and a smart environment platform
in Robotics and Autonomous Systems , vol. 61, no. 11, pp. 1173 - 1185, 2013
Daniel Schmidt, Karsten Berns
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Climbing Robots for Maintenance and Inspections of Vertical Structures – A Survey of Design Aspects and Technologies
in Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 61, pp. 1288-1305, 2013
Aras Dargazany, Karsten Berns
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Stereo-based Terrain Traversability Estimation using Surface Normals
ISR/ROBOTIK, Munich, Germany, 2013
Katja Mombaur, Karsten Berns
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Cosmos 18 – Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Bipedal Walking
Springer, 2013, http://www.springer.com/engineering/electronics/book/978-3-642-36367-2
Bernd-Helge Schäfer, Christopher Armbrust, Tobias Föhst, Karsten Berns
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The Application of Design Schemata in Off-Road Robotics
in Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, IEEE, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 4-27, 2013, Spring
Karsten Berns
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Embedded Systems and Robotics
Master seminar reports, 2013, Winter semester 2012/13
Karsten Berns
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Eingebettete Systeme und Robotik
Bachelor Seminar Report, 2013, Wintersemester 2012/2013