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

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. 

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.