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: Carlos Guestrin

Jason Togyer Tuesday May 08, 2012
Carlos Guestrin is Finmeccanica associate professor of machine learning and computer science and co-directs the Sense, Learn, and Act (Select) Lab with Geoff Gordon. A graduate of the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Guestrin earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 2003.His main research interest is in developing efficient algorithms and methods for designing, analyzing and controlling complex real-world systems. 

The Iconoclast

Jason Togyer Monday May 07, 2012
Do you want to understand the history of computer science? You might want to start with computer chess. 

Roads Scholars

Jason Togyer Tuesday May 01, 2012
Cash-strapped governments throughout Pennsylvania are getting concrete help with their problems from Carnegie Mellon UniversityBy Jennifer BailsAnyone who has lived in Pittsburgh knows that a better name for late winter might be "pothole season," as craters big enough to swallow a Smart car or two rip open the city's roadways.  

Full Download

Jason Togyer Thursday April 19, 2012
We hope you'll drop us a comment at, or via postal mail at The Link Magazine, SCS Office of the Dean, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA. You can also call (412) 268-8721.Download this issue (PDF reader required) 

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.