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:

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. 

Alumni Snapshot: Goksel Dedeoglu

Tuesday June 10, 2014
  B.S., control and computer engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1997 M.S., computer science, University of Southern California, 2000 Ph.D., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007 Digital SLRs capable of shooting Hollywood-quality footage are available for only a few hundred dollars. High-resolution cameras are part of nearly every smartphone. And practically every tablet or notebook computer can stream a movie or TV show. 

Alumni Snapshot: Jason Weill

Tuesday June 10, 2014
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003 Amazon.com is the world’s largest online retailer, but being there can feel a little bit like working for a startup, says software development engineer Jason Weill, who joined the company in May 2006. 

Institutional memories

Jason Togyer Tuesday June 10, 2014
The School of Computer Science is celebrating its 25th year as a stand-alone college within CMU. We asked some of the people involved with that milestone to tell us the story in their own words—and to predict what comes next.  

ScottyLabs: Making it easier for makers

Jason Togyer Tuesday January 07, 2014
You’re a first-year undergraduate in computer science. Your coding skills aren’t great (yet), but what you lack in knowledge, you make up for with hard work and enthusiasm. When you see posters advertising a “hackathon,” you decide to check it out. You arrive to find small groups of students have already broken off into teams. They glance in your direction, and then turn back to their laptops. None introduce themselves. No one offers to help. You’re intimidated. You slink out, dejected, wondering if you’ve made a mistake in choosing your major. 

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Jason Togyer Monday January 06, 2014
It may not have the same cache as the Pittsburgh Marathon. But for 33 years, the “Pretty Good Race” has marked the end of the Immigration Course for incoming CSD doctoral students, and the beginning of another school year. According to a history of the race written by Phil Miller, the PGR was created in 1981 from an idea by then-faculty member Phil Hayes, who had run a 10K that summer during an AAAI conference. The name was suggested by Bruce Lucas (CS’81,’84) as a spoof of Pittsburgh’s 10K “Great Race.” 

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