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

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. 

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: 

Alumni Snapshot: Diana Yu

Jason Togyer Sunday March 06, 2011
B.S., industrial management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999B.S., information systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999M.H.C.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008It might seem like a long way from writing HTML and Javascript to overseeing construction projects on one of the nation's busiest commuter railroads. But for Diana Yu, the journey is one of only a few yards inside the Los Angeles headquarters of Metrolink, which serves six California counties, including Los Angeles and San Diego. 

Alumni Snapshot: Jerry Zhu

Jason Togyer Saturday March 05, 2011
B.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1993M.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1996Ph.D., Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 If any machine-learning research can be considered "retro," that might be an apt description of the work Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu is pursuing at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  

Alumni Director's Message

Tina Carr Friday March 04, 2011
Winter doldrums. The blahs. The blues. Let's face it: The weather around here right now does not make me feel very inspired or energetic. In fact, the endless days of snow, cold and gray skies are enough to make a person want to either hibernate like a bear for the rest of the winter or permanently relocate to Bora Bora (I can see the smiles of the year-round temperate climate residing alumni now). 

Giving Back: Daniel and Karon Siewiorek

Mark Dorgan Friday March 04, 2011
By Mark DorganDaniel Siewiorek has witnessed much in his time at Carnegie Mellon. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford University, Dan worked with pioneers in both artificial intelligence (Allen Newell, Herb Simon, Raj Reddy) and computer architecture (Gordon Bell) who provided him with a unique and broad perspective on those fields.