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: Bob Murphy

Jason Togyer Tuesday March 08, 2011
Robert F. Murphy is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon's Lane Center for Computational Biology and the university's Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology. A graduate of Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology, he joined CMU in 1983 as an assistant professor of biological sciences. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Murphy and his team pioneered using the methods of machine learning to analyze microscope images of cellular structures.  

Cover Story: Closing the Educational Gap

Meghan Holohan Tuesday March 08, 2011
A new report co-authored at Carnegie Mellon reveals an alarming decline in computer science education in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools. Several programs developed at CMU are helping to reverse the trend. By Meghan HolohanThe boxy robot chugged across the playing field with its target in sight as its designers watched with pride. 

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: 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.