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:

Feature: Making a Mechanical Pal

Jason Togyer Monday March 07, 2011
Several new social robots are expected to start prowling the halls (and playing games) at CMU this year. But giving a robot personality takes a lot more work than just putting on a happy face.By Jason TogyerA child who grew up watching TV in the 1960s, '70s and '80s would be forgiven for assuming that she'd have a robot pal by now. 

On Campus: It's All in the Game

Ken Chiacchia Sunday March 06, 2011
With Foldit and EteRNA, computers and humans work together to crack genetic codes--and the results are being translated into real laboratory experimentsBy Ken ChiacchiaHuman brains are becoming part of a vast, extended computing network that's creating new molecules of ribonucleic acid--RNA, one of the building blocks of all known forms of life.They're doing it through EteRNA, an online program that pools players' ingenuity and then translates their insights directly into laboratory experiments.  

On Campus: Super-Sized Recycling

Jennifer Bails Sunday March 06, 2011
A consortium of universities and government agencies will re-use "pre-owned" supercomputers for student and faculty researchBy Jennifer BailsIt's hard out there for a supercomputer.As soon as you're up and running, you're put to work crunching terabytes of data for computational biologists, astrophysicists and all of the other pushy scientists who expect instant results. 

On Campus: Mickey Moves In

Tom Imerito Sunday March 06, 2011
The university's research bonds with The Walt Disney Company are getting stronger with a shift to the CICBy Tom ImeritoIn 1928, a struggling animator from Kansas unveiled the first animated cartoon to feature sound that was synchronized to the action on the screen. Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" was a blockbuster, and his name has defined the cutting edge of entertainment technology ever since. 

On Campus: What Does a Computer Believe?

Tom Imerito Sunday March 06, 2011
If it's NELL, it knows what it "reads" on the web — and then it tweets about itBy Tom ImeritoCan a computer system form beliefs? Carnegie Mellon's Never Ending Language Learner does. More than half a million beliefs, in fact--and still growing.  

Research Notebook: Computational Thinking--What and Why?

Jason Togyer Sunday March 06, 2011
By Jeannette M. WingIn a March 2006 article for the Communications of the ACM, I used the term "computational thinking" to articulate a vision that everyone, not just those who major in computer science, can benefit from thinking like a computer scientist [Wing06]. So, what is computational thinking? Here's a definition that Jan Cuny of the National Science Foundation, Larry Snyder of the University of Washington, and I use; it was inspired by an email exchange I had with Al Aho of Columbia University: