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

Screenshot: Big research

Byron Spice Monday January 12, 2015
If you’re one of the millions of people who have enjoyed Disney’s newest animated feature, “Big Hero 6,” you also learned a little something about soft robotics.And it isn’t just fantasy—the creators of the inflatable robot Baymax, a pivotal character in the movie, were inspired by work they saw while visiting CMU’s Robotics Institute several years ago. 

In the Loop: Anind Dey

Jason Togyer Monday January 12, 2015
In June 2014, Anind K. Dey was named the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.  

Alumni Profile: Michael Witbrock

Jason Togyer Friday January 09, 2015
B.S., psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1984; Ph.D., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995. 

Alumni Profile: Arthur Tu

Jason Togyer Friday January 09, 2015
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007; M.S., logic, computation and methodology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009. 

Getting to the good parts

Scott Fybush Friday January 09, 2015
For most parents, videos of the baby are a one-way affair: they might shoot hours of their newborn cooing or squirming or crawling, but even the proudest mom, dad or grandparent has better things to do than actually watch all those hours in which, let’s be honest, there’s not much happening. When Eric Xing, a professor of machine learning at CMU, had a baby five years ago, he knew that even in small iPhone doses, his videos weren’t very satisfying to show off.  

Putting Watson to work

Linda K. Schmitmeyer Friday January 09, 2015
Technical competitions can spur world-changing innovations. Frenchman Nicolas Appert was awarded 12,000 francs for developing an airtight food-preservation process that allowed Napoleon to feed his far-flung troops, and canned food was born. Charles Lindbergh received a $25,000 cash prize for his solo flight across the Atlantic, beating his competitors (six of whom died trying) and long-distance air travel soon became routine.