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: 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. 

Alumni director's message: New life on campus

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
Some people think of summer as a season of long, lazy, carefree days. They view autumn as a time when the world prepares to go into hibernation for the winter--the leaves turn color, fall from the trees and die; the temperature cools; we all turn on the heat and bundle up (preferably in Tartans clothing). But those of us on campus at Carnegie Mellon see the world differently. For us, summer is far from lazy, and autumn is a time of new beginnings and new promise. 

Alumni snapshot: Andrew Cove

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005M.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006Many great ideas to improve existing services have gone by the wayside because users decided the intangible costs of switching weren't worth the effort, says Andrew Cove (CS'05, '06). "If you need a certain app to do something, that's a hurdle, and it makes switching a very unappealing thing," he says. 

Alumni snapshot: Emile Litvak

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996M.S.E., software engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997Targeting advertising toward specific users isn't new, says Emile Litvak (CS'96,'97). As far back as the 1970s, marketers were using direct mail to target their pitches to people based on their catalog purchases and magazine subscriptions.But unlike direct mail, online advertisers can't work with windows measured in months or weeks. Their decisions must be made in milliseconds. 

SCS News in Brief

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
CMU launches undergraduate robotics majorStudents pursuing computer science, engineering or other undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University now have the option to include an additional major in robotics.