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:

Ready for blast-off

Meghan Holohan Friday January 09, 2015
On a clear February day in the Mojave Desert, a Masten Xombie rocket launched. It landed again on the same pad, 78 seconds later. That might not sound like much, but the little more-than-a-minute flight provided Astrobotic with valuable information that the team will use to win the Google Lunar X Prize.    

Then and Now: Winters past

Jason Togyer Saturday December 20, 2014
Click here to download a large copy and get a better look. And then email us at thelink [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu. We’ll print your answers in the next issue of The Link. The best answer, randomly selected, will receive a gift card for the CMU University Stores. 

Inventing the future

Nick Keppler Friday November 14, 2014
In 1986, the most impressive computer on the market was Compaq’s 44-pound Deskpro 386, with its 32-bit microprocessor and four kilobytes of memory. 

WPI-CMU robotics team is hot on CHIMP’s heels

Jason Togyer Wednesday June 18, 2014
On the heels of Tartan Rescue’s CHIMP in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials was another robot with CMU involvement—WARNER, a humanoid robot entered by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Four members of the WARNER team are from CMU’s Robotics Institute, including Chris Atkeson, a professor of robotics and human-computer interaction. 

Tough tasks for a tough robot

Meghan Holohan Tuesday June 17, 2014
The task appears simple. Walk through three doors. That means grasping the handle, turning it, and pulling or pushing the door before passing through it. Most of us do that every day, without much thought. But for CHIMP—the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform—this requires a lot of practice. 

For NEIL, seeing can mean comprehension

Nick Keppler Tuesday June 17, 2014
ConceptNet is the most advanced semantic network ever to come out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains more than one million facts shoveled into it by thousands of online contributors who—since 1999—have built up the system up en masse, Wikipedia-style. But last year, when researchers tested it using questions from the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test—questions such as, “Why is ice cream kept in the freezer?”— ConceptNet turned out to be about as smart as a four-year-old child.  

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