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

Then and now

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
That's Ivan Sutherland holding the great-granddaddy of today's Mobots. Long before his pioneering work in computer graphics, Sutherland (E'59, H'03) was interested in robots that could navigate mazes and react to stimuli much as an animal would. 

Letters to Randy Pausch

Jason Togyer Thursday November 29, 2012
Five years ago, as Randy Pausch's "last lecture" spread around the world via email, social media and news broadcasts, tributes poured into his office at CMU. By early 2008, Pausch, a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design, reported receiving more than 6,000 emails from people who said his lecture had (in his words) inspired them to "stop feeling sorry for themselves." 

Giving back: Little things mean a lot

Mark Dorgan Wednesday November 28, 2012
By Mark DorganWe're in the final months of the university's "Inspire Innovation" campaign, which concludes June 30, 2013. And while we've achieved a lot, we're striving to reach as far as we can over $1 billion. (As of July 31, the campaign stood at $1.07 billion.) What's been achieved? Well, we started the campaign with three principal goals--raising money for the university's endowment, raising brand awareness of Carnegie Mellon University and building community by increasing alumni engagement. We've been successful on all of those fronts. 

Looking behind the 'Great Firewall'

Jason Togyer Wednesday November 28, 2012
A statistical analysis of apparent censorship on China's Sina Weibo network may reveal more than the deleted messages themselvesBy Jason Togyer 

Eyes (and fingers) on the road

Jason Togyer Wednesday November 28, 2012
A steering wheel developed by a CMU-led team of researchers provides real-time feedback for sleepy or distracted driversBy Ken ChiacchiaThe accident didn't just seem to happen in slow motion. The elderly driver came at me across the crowded parking lot so slowly I could count the dents in the grill of his big, torpedo-nosed car. Sandwiched between a bus and another car, I had no place to go and nothing to do but lean on my horn.In agonizing languidness, I watched him plow into my Civic. 

Put to the test

Jason Togyer Wednesday November 28, 2012
CMU researchers have gone a long way to create a new software certification--7,670 miles to be exactBy Jason TogyerAn athlete can train to run a five-minute mile, says Phil Miller, but the ultimate test is running a mile in five minutes, "and there's really no way to fake it."