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Stephen A. Edwards


Stephen A. Edwards

Contact Information


+1 212 939 7019

+1 212 666 0140 (fax)

462 Computer Science Building

1214 Amsterdam Ave MC 0401
New York, NY 10027-7003

Curriculum Vita

PDF file

Now Teaching

COMS W4115

COMS W4115 (CVN)

ENGI 1102 (CS/CE lab)

Office Hours

By appointment: email me

CEC logo The Columbia Esterel Compiler

Apple2fpga: A reconstruction of an Apple II+ on a FPGA

Some press: My OfficeActual WisdomFacebook AdviceCUPLA Reviews

PDF fileAdvice for 3-2 Combined Plan CS Students

I often teach on CVN, which can sometimes be confusing for new faculty.

Stephen A. Edwards is a tenured associate professor in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997, his MS from Berkeley in 1994, and his BS from the California Institute of Technology in 1992, all in Electrical Engineering. Before pursuing his academic career in 2001, he worked for two Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies, Simplex Solutions, now part of Cadence, and Synopsys.

Professor Edwards and his group explore automating the creation of software for embedded systems: application-specific computers hiding in a growing number of industrial and consumer systems. They have developed numerous compilation techniques for the Esterel synchronous language for real-time control and are also developing domain-specific languages for device drivers and communication protocols.

My group does not offer internships, summer or otherwise.

Consulting/Litigation Support/Expert Witness Services

I have been engaged as an expert witness in various patent litigation cases involving software and computer architecture, including an ITC case. I am always interested to hear about new opportunities.

My consulting CV: PDF file

PhD Students

Richard Townsend, 2013-

Kuangya Zhai, 2013-

Nalini Vasudevan, 2007-2011, now with Intel

Marcio Buss, 2004-2008

Jia Zeng, 2002-2008

Cristian Soviani, 2002-2007, now with Synopsys


Olivier Tardieu, 2004-2006, now with IBM


Brother, Prof. Ryan Edwards, Queens College, CUNY

Wife, Nina Edwards, Illustrator