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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:

Alumni Snapshot: Santosh Mathan

BY Jason Togyer - Monday August 08, 2011
M.H.C.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996M.A., instructional science, CMU, 2000Ph.D., human-computer interaction, CMU, 2004Santosh Mathan's research includes monitoring and interpreting neurophysiological (brain and nervous system) signals using body-worn sensors. But he doesn't have one of those crazy helmets used by mad scientists in old movies, he says, laughing. 

Then and Now

BY Jason Togyer - Saturday August 06, 2011
No other prize in the long history of technology prizes (see cover story, "Astrobotic's Race to the Moon") has as many connections into Carnegie Mellon University as the Fredkin Prize.Edward Fredkin--currently a visiting career professor of computer science at CMU--threw down the gauntlet in 1980. A pioneer in artificial intelligence and inventor of the Fredkin gate, the trie data structure and other hardware and software innovations, Fredkin promised $100,000 to the designers of the first computer that could beat a world chess champion. 

In the Loop: Bob Murphy

BY Jason Togyer - Tuesday March 08, 2011
Robert F. Murphy is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon's Lane Center for Computational Biology and the university's Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology. A graduate of Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology, he joined CMU in 1983 as an assistant professor of biological sciences. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Murphy and his team pioneered using the methods of machine learning to analyze microscope images of cellular structures.  

Cover Story: Closing the Educational Gap

BY Meghan Holohan - Tuesday March 08, 2011
A new report co-authored at Carnegie Mellon reveals an alarming decline in computer science education in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools. Several programs developed at CMU are helping to reverse the trend. By Meghan HolohanThe boxy robot chugged across the playing field with its target in sight as its designers watched with pride. 

Feature: Making a Mechanical Pal

BY Jason Togyer - Monday March 07, 2011
Several new social robots are expected to start prowling the halls (and playing games) at CMU this year. But giving a robot personality takes a lot more work than just putting on a happy face.By Jason TogyerA child who grew up watching TV in the 1960s, '70s and '80s would be forgiven for assuming that she'd have a robot pal by now. 

On Campus: What Does a Computer Believe?

BY Tom Imerito - Sunday March 06, 2011
If it's NELL, it knows what it "reads" on the web — and then it tweets about itBy Tom ImeritoCan a computer system form beliefs? Carnegie Mellon's Never Ending Language Learner does. More than half a million beliefs, in fact--and still growing.  

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