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:

From the Dean

Randy Bryant Friday December 19, 2008
Welcome to this edition of The Link, reporting on the latest activitiesby members of the community that surrounds and has grown out of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In this issue, we highlight the ways that computer science can spread out and be applied to many different areas of human endeavor, ranging fromscience to the arts. 

Creating the New SCS Complex

Jason Togyer Friday December 19, 2008
As the Gates and Hillman buildings rise into view, the University reaches higher, too--toward a billion-dollar fundraising goal 

On Campus: Potholes, Pedestrians and Parking Lots

Karen Hoffmann Friday December 19, 2008
Cars that drive themselves are certainly cool, but cars that could avoid potholes would be a godsend in a city like Pittsburgh.With the latest Collaborative Research Lab (CRL) between General Motors and Carnegie Mellon, researchers aim to refine the autonomous driving technologies that were so spectacularly put to use in Boss, winner of the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. That competition between driverless vehicles took place over 55 miles of urban and suburban roads. 

On Campus: A Degree for Both Sides of the Brain

Jason Togyer Friday December 19, 2008
When Alyssa Reuter had to choose a college, she wanted one that offeredprograms in computer science and the arts. "The one school that wasstrong in both was Carnegie Mellon," she says. But how couldshe combine her two passions? Getting undergraduate degrees from bothSCS and the College of Fine Arts--a double major--would have meant anextremely heavy workload, because the majors don't have manyoverlapping courses. 

On Campus: Mapping a New Paradigm

Jason Togyer Friday December 19, 2008
"Hadoop." It's a funny-sounding name for an operating environment, but nobody's laughing at the results. Combined with Yahoo!'s M45 supercomputing cluster, it's allowing SCS researchers to tackle data-intensive problems involving computer graphics, language translation, and informational retrieval they never considered examining before. 

On Campus: Do Electric Sheep Dream of Androids?

Meghan Holohan Friday December 19, 2008
By candlelight, Leonardo da Vinci sketched plans for an android. Hedesigned a mechanism that enabled the wrists to bend, the head to turn,and the hands to wave. In the chest cavity of a German-Italian suit ofarmor, he placed the creature's organs--an intricate system of pulleysand gears, allowing it to move independently. Later dubbed "Leonardo'sRobot," this knight, built around 1495, is the first known humanoidmachine. 

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