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

Web Extra: Clarence Zener, A Rare, Strange Genius

Jason Togyer Monday March 29, 2010
From Carnegie-Mellon Magazine, Winter 1985, pp. 18-19by Matthew Maguire Clarence Zener first encountered physics more than half a century ago as a youngster thumbing through the child's "Book of Knowledge." "I was hep on physics from the very beginning," he admits.  

Dean's Message: An Exciting Few Months

Randy Bryant Thursday December 17, 2009
After more than five years of planning, design and construction, many faculty and staff of the School of Computer Science moved into their new offices in the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, just before the fall semester began.  

Wiki While You Work

Jason Togyer Thursday December 17, 2009
Collaborative Web sites offer researchers a new opportunity to study how people work togetherBy Meghan HolohanAs a young psychology researcher at Cornell, Robert Kraut visited bowling alleys, attended hockey games and observed pedestrians, watching them, hoping for the glimpse of a smile. After watching scores of people, Kraut and his co-authors concluded that people smile not simply to express joy, but also as a way to smooth their social relationships with others. 

Monkey Business

Jason Togyer Thursday December 17, 2009
Pittsburgh's Bossa Nova Robotics takes the fun factor of high technology very seriously.By Meghan Holohan"Oh, he's practicing his backstroke," David Palmer says as he watches Prime-8, a robotic toy ape, swim across the office floor into a wall. "He wants to be in the Olympics. He wants to be Michael Phelps." 

A Field--and a Department--Evolve

Jason Togyer Thursday December 17, 2009
The Lane Center for Computational Biology becomes SCS's newest academic unit following a summer marked by several research milestonesBy Jason Togyer and Byron SpiceThe newest department in the School of Computer Science has already made great strides in analyzing the biological processes that control diseases such as diabetes and asthma and identifying more than 100 genes that are potential targets for new cancer therapies. 

Found in Translation

Jason Togyer Thursday December 17, 2009
InterACT helps change science fiction into science factBy Karen Hoffmann (S'04)The Thai toddler cries and cries. Her father doesn't speak any English, and the visiting American doctor barely knows a word of Thai. Still, the doctor asks, "What's wrong?" A rugged laptop computer translates and speaks the Thai words. The girl's father answers, "Her stomach hurts," and the computer repeats it in English. In this way, the doctor is able to diagnose and treat the girl's pain.