The Link is the magazine of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Its name recognizes the pioneering work of two of the School of Computer Science's co-founders, Allen Newell and Herb Simon, who invented the use of linked-list data structures for representing complex information.

But it also serves as the link between the School of Computer Science and more than 10,000 alumni, colleagues, parents and other friends around the world.

From the latest issue:

Getting your fair share

Scott Fybush Wednesday August 05, 2015
Some splits are easy: if you’re with a group of friends at a restaurant, you total up what you ordered at the end of the night and pay your share. But how do you fairly divide up the rent among roommates in an apartment with different-sized rooms? Who gets listed in what order as authors on an academic paper? How about dividing up the treasures Grandma left behind? A Carnegie Mellon computer scientist is trying to provide answers to those questions with a new website called “Spliddit.”  

Like Lou, living in hope

Linda K. Schmitmeyer Wednesday August 05, 2015
Bathroom. Hungry. Emergency. Let’s talk. Yes. No.These six simple sayings may seem like limited examples of communication for a man accustomed to public speaking, but Neil Alexander thought they were what would be necessary to pass along messages to his family and caregivers after atrophied muscles robbed him of the ability to move and speak. The words were embedded in six squares on a computer application called iExpress, developed by Abhishek Sharma (CS’14) and Douglas Rew (CS’14) when they were master’s of software engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Soft, but not weak

Nick Keppler Wednesday August 05, 2015
When Chris Atkeson, a professor in CMU’s robotics and human-computer interaction institutes, saw “Big Hero 6” upon its release last November, he instantly recognized Baymax’s texture and shape. It was very similar to one from Atkeson’s own lab.  

Meeting the demand

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Many feel called, but few are chosen for Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate computer science program. In 2015, according to the university’s admission office, 6,756 high school students applied to SCS for admission as first-year computer science students. Only 350 were admitted—a rate of less than 5.2 percent. (About 150 are expected to enroll.)Compare that to the 19 percent acceptance rate for CMU’s other seven undergraduate programs. It’s even more selective than the acceptance rates at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.  

Alumni Snapshot: Daniel Avrahami (CS'05,'07)

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.S., computer science, 1999 Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., human-computer interaction, 2005 Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D., human-computer interaction, 2007  

Alumni Snapshot: Poornima Kaniarasu (CS'13)

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
PSG College of Technology, B.E., electrical and computer engineering, 2010 Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., robotics, 2013 Fewer women than men pursue careers in computer science. The problem is especially acute in developing countries, such as India, where although the number of women studying CS has increased, it’s still relatively small.