Robotics Research Lab

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns


Room 48-360

Tel.: +49 631 205 2613


Robotics Research Lab
Department of Computer Science
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Postbox 3049
DE-67653 Kaiserslautern


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.



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  • Autonomous trenching with hierarchically organized primitives.
    T Groll, S Hemer, T Ropertz and K Berns
    Automation in Construction, Vol. 98, S. 214 - 224. (2019)
  • Dataset Generation Using A Simulated World.
    Axel Vierling, Tanittha Sutjaritvorakul, Jakub Pawlak and Karsten Berns
    Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD 2019), S. 505 - 513. (2019)
  • FPGA-based Embedded System Designed for the Deployment in the Compliant Robotic Leg CARL.
    Steffen Schütz, Atabak Nejadfard, Max Reichardt and Karsten Berns
    Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2, S. 537 - 543. (2019)
  • Design of the musculoskeletal leg based on the physiology of mono-articular and biarticular muscles in the human leg.
    Atabak Nejadfard, Steffen Sch"utz, Krzysztof Mianowski, Patrick Vonwirth and Karsten Berns
    Bioinspiration & biomimetics, Vol. 14, Nr. 6, S. 066002. (2019)
  • Technische Grundlagen Eingebetteter Systeme. Elektronik, Systemtheorie, Komponenten und Analyse.
    Karsten Berns, Alexander Köpper and Bernd Schürmann
    Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH (2019) ISBN-13: 978-3-658-26515-1



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  • Crane safety system with monocular and controlled zoom cameras.
    Axel Vierling, Tanittha Sutjaritvorakul and Karsten Berns
    Proceedings of the 35th ISARC, Berlin, Germany, S. 873 - 879. (2018)



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  • One Fits More - On the Relevance of Highly Modular Framework and Middleware Design for Quality Characteristics of Robotics Software.
    Max Reichardt, Steffen Schütz and Karsten Berns
    First IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing (IRC), (2017)
  • Behaviour-Based Inverse Kinematics Solver on FPGA.
    Alexander Köpper and Karsten Berns
    Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD), Vol. 49, S. 55 - 62. (2017)


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