The invited speaker at the CVWW 2012 will be Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard from the Institut für Informatik, Faculty for Applied Sciences, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. Prof. Burgard is a professor for computer science and head of the research lab for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. His areas of interest lie in artificial intelligence and mobile robots. His research mainly focuses on the development of robust and adaptive techniques for state estimation and control. Over the past years he and his group have developed a series of innovative probabilistic techniques for robot navigation and control. They cover different aspects such as localization, map-building, SLAM, path-planning, exploration, and several other aspects. He was involved in deployment of several interactive mobile tour-guide robots that operated autonomously in museums and trade shows, including the first of its kind in 1997.In 2008 he and his group developed an approach that allowed a car to autonomously navigate and park itself. Prof. Burgard has published over 150 papers and articles in robotic conferences and journals. He co-authored two books in 2005, Principles of Robot Motion – Theory, Algorithms, and Implementations, and Probabilistic Robotics, that deal with topics such as robot-oriented planning and robot sensory perception in face of uncertainty.