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

Feedback Loop

Jason Togyer Thursday October 21, 2010
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey in the last issue. It wasn't scientific, and the response rate was low, but your feedback was interesting nevertheless.Responses came from alumni (about 32 percent), faculty and staff (28 percent) and current students (21 percent), but visitors, friends and a few people with no affiliation with CMU also replied. The top three career fields reported were, in order, "educator/researcher," "student" and "IT/CS professional." 

Setting the Standards

Karen Hoffmann Thursday October 21, 2010
CMU's Software Engineering Institute looks to the next 25 yearsBy Karen Hoffmann (S'04)From a "smart grid" for delivering power, to electronic medical record systems, to transport systems, society relies more and more on software. As the scale and security implications of software continue to grow, the field of software engineering aims to make software production more disciplined and predictable. 

Tell Me a Story

Tom Imerito Thursday October 21, 2010
CMU-developed Synthetic Interview has commercial potential beyond museum exhibitsBy Tom ImeritoTed and Toni Legarski of Glenmore, Pa., are in Pittsburgh for the weekend. While on a visit to the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center, the couple comes upon a life-size video of George Westinghouse--or at least an actor who looks just like him.The distinguished-looking gentleman alternately strokes his moustache and grasps the lapels of his suit coat while pacing back and forth thoughtfully behind his office desk. 

Survey Says: Tweet!

Ken Chiacchia Thursday October 21, 2010
Research suggests Twitter may offer an accurate gauge of public opinion--on certain subjectsBy Ken ChiacchiaLet's face it: It's easy to dismiss Twitter.Sure, about 100 million users, including journalists, politicians and business people, use the medium to trade about 65 million rapid, succinct messages every day. But with those users limited to only 140 characters, how meaningful can "tweets" possibly be?Very meaningful indeed, as it turns out. 

Feature Story: The Gambler

Meghan Holohan Wednesday October 20, 2010
Gordon Bell (H'10) took risks throughout his career and computer science is better because of it By Meghan Holohan  

Then and Now Web Extra: Gordon Bell

Jason Togyer Wednesday October 20, 2010
We've got several items from the Carnegie Mellon University Archives relating to C. Gordon Bell and his work here from 1966 until 1972:"Communications and Computers," an article from Carnegie Review, July 1967"C.mmp: The CMU Multiminiprocessor Computer (draft)," by C.G. Bell, W. Broadley, W. Wulf and A. Newell, Aug. 24, 1971"Management Report on C.mmp," Allen Newell, unpublished memo to Lawrence Roberts, DARPA, Nov. 19, 1971