Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fundamental study and empirical analysis for distributed software systems. My long-term research goal is to make those systems autonomous, scalable, adaptive, survivable and easy/affordable to develop and maintain. I approach this goal using various research methods that cross the boundaries among distributed computing, software engineering and artificial intelligence. My current and recent research interests include the following topics.
  • Autonomous, adaptive and survivable distributed systems (e.g., Internet data centers, grid/cloud platforms and wireless sensor networks)
  • Wireless sensor networks, body area networks and cyber-physical systems
  • Middleware design, implementation and evaluation
  • Biologically-inspired (e.g., genetic, immune, developmental and ecological) software designs
  • Nanoscale molecular communication
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Game theoretic approaches for self-stabilizing systems
  • Green (i.e., energy efficient) computing and networking
  • Model-driven software and performance engineering
  • Service-oriented computing
  • Object-oriented and aspect-oriented programming
  • Domain-specific languages and modeling
  • Object-oriented modeling, software patterns and frameworks


Junichi Suzuki is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston). He is the director of UMass Boston's Distributed Software Systems Group (2004~) and a co-director of UMass Boston's Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (2007~). He is a recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Research Achievement Award in UMass Boston's College of Science and Mathematics (2008). He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Keio University, Japan, in 2001. Before joining UMass Boston in 2004, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) from 2001 to 2004. Prior to UCI, he was with Object Management Group Japan, Inc., as Technical Director. His research interests include autonomous adaptive distributed systems, biologically-inspired computing, body area networks, cyber-physical systems, molecular communication, sustainable networking, model-driven software/performance engineering and multiobjective optimization. In these areas, he has authored three books, edited three books, edited 15 journal special issues, and published one industrial standard specification and 130+ papers in international journals and conferences. He is a recipient of eight best paper awards and two best poster awards at major conferences such as SCIS-ISIS 2014, IEEE SPECTS 2008 and IEEE SCC 2007. He has delivered keynote speeches at eight conferences such as IEEE ICCTICT 2016 and IEEE SSCI 2013. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for EAI Transactions on Body Area Networks and Wearable Computing and serves on the editorial boards for nine international journals including Springer Journal on Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks Journal. He has chaired or co-chaired 24 international conferences such as IEEE HealthCom 2015, IEEE PIMRC 2014, BICT 2014-2015, BodyNets 2012-2014, BIONETICS 2010 and ICSOC 2009. He has served on the steering committee of eight conferences as well as the program committee of 150+ conferences such as IEEE/ACM CCGrid, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE SECON, IEEE SASO, IEEE CEC, ACM GECCO, IEEE ICTAI and ACM/IEEE BIOSIGNALS. He has served as a panelist for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center, the European Commission, the Israel Science Foundation and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.