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:

Screenshot: Smart cookie

Jason Togyer Monday April 08, 2013
It takes a tough robot to disassemble a fragile cookie.By now, you've probably seen the video, which has been viewed more than a quarter-of-a-million times on YouTube. The makers of Oreo cookies recruited HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler developed at Pittsburgh's Quality of Life Technology Center, as part of a national advertising campaign called "Cookie Vs. Creme." 

Sweating the details

Meghan Holohan Monday April 08, 2013
SCS startup Safaba develops smarter translations for specialized clientsSay a marketing executive at a large company needs to translate new product information on her company website from English to French within a few hours. She's not fluent enough in French to do it herself, so she has several options--she can hire a human translator or a translation agency. She can also use a readily available online translation program, such as those offered by Google and Microsoft's Bing. 

Decoding a cyber-fingerprint

Mary Lynn Mack Monday April 08, 2013
Your typing rhythm holds clues to your identity, and maybe even your future health The blink of an eye takes 300 to 400 milliseconds. It takes less time than that--about 90 milliseconds, on average--to press a computer key while typing. Individual keystrokes as well as the "rhythm" of typing a word, sentence or document are forming the basis of a cyber equivalent to handwriting or fingerprint analysis.  

Is the end near?

Meghan Holohan Tuesday February 19, 2013
Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse plots a robot uprising in the near future, but (so far) the science is still fiction 

In the Loop: John Reynolds

Jason Togyer Monday February 04, 2013
John C. Reynolds has been a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University since 1986. He retired from active teaching Jan. 1. A graduate of Purdue University, Reynolds earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Harvard University. His main research interests have been the design and definition of programming languages and the specification of program behavior. 

Research notebook: <br>How design practices affect results

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
By Steven P. DowIn their 2001 book Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles and Ted Orland share a story about a ceramics teacher who divided his class into two groups. He told one half they would be graded on quantity, so they should "produce as many ceramics you can in one quarter, that will be your grade," while he told the other half they would be graded based on one good ceramic.