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Programming and poison know-how from North Rhine-Westphalia

A teaching robot, one of the most extensive databases for hazardous substances, and eleven other digital projects – the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has plenty to show at CeBIT.

17 Feb. 2017

The little NAO robot has just entered service and is already traveling to CeBIT as a prominent member of the Cologne City Library exhibition team. Its assignment is: “Teach digital competence as an indispensable cultural technique.” With the help of this humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics, the library aims to “make socially relevant technological developments understandable and accessible for a wide public,” as it is already doing with 3D printers and virtual reality glasses.

The cooperation partner is the Liebfrauenschule school in Cologne, the pupils of which have won a Germany-wide programming competition for NAO robots. “In combination with curriculum-related teaching materials, NAO is the optimum platform for the school for communicating the content of MINT subjects to all class ages,” emphasizes the city library. At CeBIT 2017 the team will, in concrete terms, be demonstrating the development work conducted on NAO as well as the current state of development. To give one example, the robot is already able to recognize faces.

With NAO and other projects the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and its municipalities are presenting themselves in Hall 7 (Stand B28) “as competent providers of digital services.” Ten projects from specialist fields such as the justice system, environment and nature protection, social issues, e-recruiting, and datability will open a window on the electronic services portfolio of the regional government and the municipalities. Among the showcase projects is the most extensive and public information resource for hazardous substances. The facts database “Information system for hazardous substances – Public” (IGS-Public) of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Agency for Nature, Environment, and Consumer Protection contains information on over 175,000 different substances – including their level of hazard, prohibitions, limitations on use, and regulations for application (for instance in chemistry teaching), on their transport, storage, fire protection measures, and disposal. Information from a total of over 1,500 legal sources and official sources is presented by substance.

A new feature is that the information can be linked directly with external systems. To give one example, the data from IGS can be provided through the eChemPor .