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

Soft, but not weak

Nick Keppler Wednesday August 05, 2015
When Chris Atkeson, a professor in CMU’s robotics and human-computer interaction institutes, saw “Big Hero 6” upon its release last November, he instantly recognized Baymax’s texture and shape. It was very similar to one from Atkeson’s own lab.  

Meeting the demand

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Many feel called, but few are chosen for Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate computer science program. In 2015, according to the university’s admission office, 6,756 high school students applied to SCS for admission as first-year computer science students. Only 350 were admitted—a rate of less than 5.2 percent. (About 150 are expected to enroll.)Compare that to the 19 percent acceptance rate for CMU’s other seven undergraduate programs. It’s even more selective than the acceptance rates at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.  

Alumni Snapshot: Daniel Avrahami (CS'05,'07)

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.S., computer science, 1999 Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., human-computer interaction, 2005 Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D., human-computer interaction, 2007  

Alumni Snapshot: Poornima Kaniarasu (CS'13)

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
PSG College of Technology, B.E., electrical and computer engineering, 2010 Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., robotics, 2013 Fewer women than men pursue careers in computer science. The problem is especially acute in developing countries, such as India, where although the number of women studying CS has increased, it’s still relatively small. 

Alumni Outreach and Engagement

Mark Stehlik Wednesday July 22, 2015
It’s great to be back in Pittsburgh at the place I’ve called home for more than 35 years after spending three years at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. And with a new job—assistant dean for outreach and engagement.I think we all understand the “outreach” part. That’s CMU reaching out to you, and to the world. It’s the “engagement” part that’s more intriguing—that’s us, together, trying to determine how to help each other and make each other better. 

In the Loop

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Martial Hebert became director of the Robotics Institute in November 2014. A native of Chatou, France, Hebert earned his doctorate in computer science at the University of Paris and joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1984. His research has focused on computer vision and perception for autonomous systems, including interpreting both 2-D and 3-D data to build models of environments.