Bernhards research area include semantic analysis of legal texts, network analysis for legal documents, and applied artificial intelligence for the legal domain (e.g., legal reasoning, and smart contracts). Within his research he cooperates with leading legal scientists and practitioners. More detailed information about this cooperation can be found on www.lexalyze.de and www.en.lexalyze.de. Beside several publications on relevant conferences he is in the program comittee of the international legal informatics symposium (IRIS), and co-organized the scientific workshop series on Legal Data Analysis at Jurix conference on legal informatics. In addition, he is reviewing publications for international conferences on legal informatics, e.g., MWAIL, IRIS, LDA, ASAIL, information systems, e.g., BIS, but also for data mining topics in law journals, e.g., Journal of International Economic Law.
He is interested in applications of semantic software, logic based reasoning, and cognitive computing. Due to his studies and personal interests he is also open to various interdisciplinary topics, e.g., philosophy of science, game theory, decision science, etc. Together with social institutions he voluntarily committed himself to a volunteer-refugee project.