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:

WPI-CMU robotics team is hot on CHIMP’s heels

Jason Togyer Wednesday June 18, 2014
On the heels of Tartan Rescue’s CHIMP in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials was another robot with CMU involvement—WARNER, a humanoid robot entered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Four members of the WARNER team are from CMU’s Robotics Institute, including Chris Atkeson, a professor of robotics and human-computer interaction. 

Tough tasks for a tough robot

Meghan Holohan Tuesday June 17, 2014
The task appears simple. Walk through three doors. That means grasping the handle, turning it, and pulling or pushing the door before passing through it. Most of us do that every day, without much thought. But for CHIMP—the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform—this requires a lot of practice. 

For NEIL, seeing can mean comprehension

Nick Keppler Tuesday June 17, 2014
ConceptNet is the most advanced semantic network ever to come out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains more than one million facts shoveled into it by thousands of online contributors who—since 1999—have built up the system up en masse, Wikipedia-style. But last year, when researchers tested it using questions from the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test—questions such as, “Why is ice cream kept in the freezer?”— ConceptNet turned out to be about as smart as a four-year-old child.  

Training teaching’s technologists

Linda K. Schmitmeyer Tuesday June 17, 2014
It’s an eclectic group. There’s a master violinist who, as an intern, designed industrial training courses for workers building cars at China’s Dong Feng Motor Corporation. There’s a Stanford University graduate, fluent in Italian, who taught chemistry and physics at Pittsburgh’s Ellis School. There’s a mechanical engineer who researched decision-making in complex systems for Singapore’s Defence Medical and Environmental Labs. 

New dean has a familiar face

Jason Togyer Tuesday June 10, 2014
The appointment of Andrew W. Moore as the fifth dean of the School of Computer Science marks a homecoming of sorts for the longtime member of the CMU faculty. Moore went on a leave of absence from CMU in January 2006 to become founding director of the Pittsburgh office of Google Inc. University President Subra Suresh announced Moore’s appointment April 15 before about 200 faculty and staff members and students in Room 6115 of the Gates Center. He called the new dean “particularly well positioned” to lead SCS. 

In the Loop: Ken Koedinger

Jason Togyer Tuesday June 10, 2014
Ken Koedinger is a professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.S. in math and computer science and an M.S. in computer science, he earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at CMU in 1990. Koedinger is a co-founder of Carnegie Learning Inc. and leads LearnLab, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. He is the creator of Cognitive Models—computer simulations of student thinking and learning that are used to guide the design of educational materials, practices and technologies. 

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