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:

Machines With Charisma

Mary Lynn Mack Wednesday August 17, 2011
Can robots tell jokes? If they want to be accepted by humans, they can--and should, says grad student Heather KnightBy Mary Lynn MackSure, a person can be charismatic. But a robot?Heather Knight thinks so. Currently a doctoral student in the Robotics Institute, Knight says that if we want human-robot interaction to be as seamless as human-human interaction, then we'd better make sure robots are more charismatic. 

Speed Test

Jennifer Bails Tuesday August 16, 2011
A new measurement standard for supercomputers owes a debt to the work of CMU's Christos FaloutsosBy Jennifer BailsIf you were shopping for a new car, you'd want to know more than just how long it takes for the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph at full throttle. A savvy buyer would also want some information about fuel economy, handling, braking and other performance metrics.When you're comparison shopping for supercomputers, you also need performance metrics--but you can't exactly flip through Consumer Reports for the answers. 

President: 'Cutting edge ideas' will spur new jobs

Jason Togyer Monday August 15, 2011
By Jason TogyerThere's no plan for a robot uprising at Carnegie Mellon University. Not yet, anyway.That pronouncement comes direct from the United States Commander-in-Chief--President Obama, who visited the Robotics Institute's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood on June 24. 

Alumni Director's Message

Tina Carr Sunday August 14, 2011
Above and BeyondI've often talked about how gifts of time are important, and how being a volunteer can make an impact.In Mark Dorgan's article in this same issue of The Link, you'll read about a group of volunteers--the Alumni Advisory Board--and how their gifts have impacted the School of Computer Science. As the board nears its 10th anniversary, I'd like to share just a few thoughts about what this dedicated alumni group has meant to me. 

Alumni Award Winner

Jason Togyer Saturday August 13, 2011
Congratulations to Ram Raghunathan (CS'11), winner of the ninth-annual SCS Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Computer Science. Justin Weisz (CS'03,'07,'09), alumni award committee member, made the presentation to Ram (at right) during the SCS diploma ceremony in Pittsburgh on May 15.Ram was honored for his thesis "Design and Implementation of a Power-Aware Load Balancer." His advisor was Mor Harchol-Balter, associate professor of computer science. 

Giving Back

Mark Dorgan Friday August 12, 2011
School of Computer Science Alumni Advisory BoardThey have diverse backgrounds. Some are working in high-tech startups, while others are at well-known established corporations, and a few are educators or researchers. Some attended the School of Computer Science as an undergraduate, while others worked on graduate degrees. But no matter how they became connected to SCS or where their career paths have taken them, all of the members of the SCS Alumni Advisory Board share a passion for the School of Computer Science.