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 the Cover

Jason Togyer Monday October 18, 2010
"Many hands make light work," wrote the English poet John Heywood in the 16th century. Many hands indeed make light work of some of computer science's thorniest problems, especially when those hands are those of Carnegie Mellon and Intel researchers working together. The cover cartoon by Carnegie Mellon alumnus and illustrator Frank Harris (A'82) shows the "many hands" representing CMU faculty and students as they help raise the Intel logo over the Collaborative Innovation Center on the Pittsburgh campus.  

In the Loop: Justine Cassell

Jason Togyer Monday October 18, 2010
Justine Cassell is the new director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science. A member of the faculty at Northwestern University from 2003 to 2010, she was the founding director of its Center for Technology and Social Behavior, and before that was a tenured professor in the MIT Media Lab. 

Education Across the Ocean

Jason Togyer Monday October 18, 2010
Outreach from the Institute for Software Research strengthens international relations between the U.S., Asian alliesBy Tom ImeritoVan Lang University, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, March 2009: Don Marinelli, waits backstage to present "The Triumph of the Gamer," his talk on the emergence of computer gaming as a major cultural force. Suddenly, the crowd of 800 Vietnamese college students begins to whistle and shout as though awaiting the appearance of a rock star."Who are they cheering for?" Marinelli asks his host.  

Robots for Life

Jason Togyer Sunday May 02, 2010
Pittsburgh's Quality of Life Technology Center is solving the human-machine equation and spawning a new industry in the process.By Tom Imerito"Quality of life." It's one of those stubbornly vague terms that are hard to define. For some people, having a good "quality of life" might mean getting a job that allows them to spend lots of time with family. For others, good "quality of life" might mean a certain possession, like a luxurious home. 

Technology for a Greener Earth

Jason Togyer Saturday May 01, 2010
Computer science and robotics researchers are searching for practical ways to reduce carbon emissions and energy useBy Jason TogyerIn a four-by-six-mile rectangle of a dusty mountain range about one hour east of Palo Alto, Calif., sits the Altamont Pass Wind Farm, a collection of nearly 5,000 power-generating electric wind turbines.  

Algorithms as Art

Jason Togyer Friday April 30, 2010
Alumnus and faculty installations in the Gates and Hillman Centers draw inspiration from technologyBy Meghan Holohan"Do you want me to stand in the art?" asks Scott Draves (CS'97). He positions himself in front of a large screen in a tiny, dark room at the Michael Berger Gallery on Pittsburgh's South Side. Blobs that resemble miniscule jellyfish pulsate and swirl across his face, highlighting his white shirt. Reds, yellows, greens and blues dance across the screen, tattooing Draves' skin and clothes.