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:

Astrobotic's Race to the Moon

Meghan Holohan Wednesday August 24, 2011
By Meghan Holohan CMU's Planetary Robotics Lab is a cavernous room that resembles the service bay at a busy car dealership, full of tools and equipment and activity. James Lee, a senior in electrical and computer engineering, walks past something that looks like a pool table with ATV wheels to a small pyramid-like structure covered with a mosaic of black tiles. It's a robotic rover, and one of its panels is open, revealing its guts--wires and microprocessors. 

Running Man

Ken Chiacchia Tuesday August 23, 2011
By Kenneth ChiacchiaWhen Ziv Bar-Joseph talks about his research, he's precise, but rapid-fire. It's as if language can't keep up with him; as if the ideas have to come out more quickly than verbal communication can allow.That's not surprising, perhaps, given the nature of his work at Carnegie Mellon University: bridging the biological and computational worlds in a way that allows us to finally understand a tremendous volume of built-up data. 

In the Loop: Alexei Efros

Jason Togyer Sunday August 21, 2011
Alexei (Alyosha) Efros is an associate professor of robotics and computer science at CMU and last year received a Finmeccanica Career Development Chair. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Efros came to the United States in 1989, earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  

Finding the Right Words

Jason Togyer Saturday August 20, 2011
CMU leads a multi-university effort to develop translation programs for less-common languagesBy Jason TogyerAbout 12 million people worldwide are fluent in Kinyarwanda, an African dialect used in Rwanda and parts of neighboring Burundi and Uganda. It may sound like a lot--but consider that about 1.4 billion people speak Mandarin and 1.8 billion speak English. That makes it relatively simple to find someone who can translate English into Mandarin, but not so simple to find someone who can turn English into Kinyarwanda and back again. 

Ace of Clubs

Jason Togyer Friday August 19, 2011
A student-run chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is getting noticed both on- and off-campusBy Jason TogyerChess. Water polo. Freestyle rapping. A cappella singing. Snowboarding. Swing dancing. Rowing. Baseball, foosball, racquetball and roller hockey.More than 250 student organizations are competing for the attention of CMU undergraduates. Some focus on sports or hobbies; others celebrate ethnic heritage or encourage involvement in politics and activism. 

CEO: Unisys refocused on service, growth

Jason Togyer Thursday August 18, 2011
By Jason TogyerThe predecessors of today's Unisys Corp. pioneered some of the most amazing technological breakthroughs of the 20th century--the airplane auto-pilot, radar and microwave communications, and the first American-made commercially available computer, UNIVAC.