We are glad to invite you to ICRA, the robotics community's premiere annual academic conference which will be held in the Saint Paul, MN on May 14-18, 2012. The ICRA theme is "Robots and Automation: Innovation for Tomorrow's Needs." Robotics and automation are at the crossroads of new developments in algorithms, hardware, and software that pave new routes in technological innovation. Saint Paul is the vibrant capital of Minnesota, known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." St. Paul and Minneapolis constitute a large metropolitan area known as the "Twin Cities." Many companies like 3M, Cargill, Target, Best Buy are headquartered in the Twin Cities.