WILLIAM SULIS,  B.Sc., M.D. (Psychiatry), M.A., FRCP, Ph.D. (Math), Ph.D. (Physics)

e-mail: sulisw@mcmaster.ca


Professional Details
 
Practicing Geriatric Psychiatrist
Academic Positions: McMaster University
Associate Clinical Professor - Dept. of Psychiatry
Associate Member - Dept. of Psychology
Associate Member (1993-2002) - Dept. of Computer Science and Systems
President (1996 - 1998) -  Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences

Director, Collective Intelligence Lab (CILab), McMaster University

Co-Director, Psychological Services.

Research Interests

Collective Intelligence, Collective Dynamics, Synchronization in Complex Systems, Cellular Automata, Random Graphical Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Psychology, Study of Unconscious and Context Dependent Process in Psychotherapy and Dementia, Quantum Foundations, Process Algebra Theory and Models..

Educational Background

Degrees Granted:

 

B.Sc.(Hon) 1976 Mathematics, minor Theoretical Physics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
M.D. 1980 The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
M.A. 1984 Mathematics, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. Coll
Ph.D. 1989 Mathematics, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
FRCPC 1984 Psychiatry, The Royal ege of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Ph.D. 2014 Theoretical Physics, The University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.
CRCPC 2015 Geriatric Psychiatry, The Royal ege of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Internship: 1980-1981 Straight Internship in Medicine U.W.O. Affiliated Hospitals
Residency: 1981-1984 Residency in Psychiatry, U.W.O. Affiliated Hospitals
 

Postgraduate Training:

Awards:

 

[1976] The Governor General's Medal (awarded to the individual having the highest overall grade point average in the graduating class )
[1973] Henry Marshall Tory Scholarship
[1974] Harry Stevenson Southam Scholarship
[1975] Harry Stevenson Southam Scholarship
[1975] Friends of Carleton Scholarship

 

Employment History

Academic:

Research:

Scholarly Activities

Professional Affiliation

Member, American Mathematical Society
Member, American Physical Society
Member Sigma Xi
Vice-President, Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences
Member, Ontario Medical Association,
Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
The Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry

Member, The American Association for the Advancement of Science

 

Research Contributions:

Publications, books

  1. Sulis, W. and Combs, A. (eds.) (1996) Nonlinear Dynamics in Human Behaviour. Singapore: World Scientific.

  2. Sulis W., Trofimova I. (Eds.) (2000) Nonlinear Dynamics in Life and Social Sciences. IOS Press, Amsterdam.

  3. Nation J., Trofimova I., Rand J., Sulis W. (Eds.) (2002) Formal Descriptions of Developing Systems. Kluwer Press.

  4. Sulis, W. Archetypal Dynamics. (Manuscript in progress)

Publications, articles

 

1. Sulis, W. (1992). Tempered Neural Networks(1992). Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 1992.

2.  Sulis, W. (1993) Emergent Computation in Tempered Neural Networks 1: Dynamical Automata. Proceedings of the WCNN'93.

3.  Sulis, W. (1993) Emergent Computation in Tempered Neural Networks 2: Computation Theory. Proceedings of the WCNN'93.

4.  Sulis, W. (1993) Naturally Occurring Computational Systems. World Futures 39(4) 225-241

5.  (Invited) Sulis, W. (1995) Naturally Occurring Computational Systems. In Chaos Theory In Psychology and the Life Sciences. R. Robertson, A. Combs (eds). 103-122. Lawrence Erbaum. New York.

6.  Sulis, W. (1995) Driven Cellular Automata. In 1993 Lectures on Complex Systems. Lecture Volume VI in the Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity. 565-578. Addison-Wesley

7.  Sulis, W. (1995) Causality in Naturally Occurring Computational Systems. World Futures 44 (2-3) 129-148

8.  Sulis, W. (1995) Driven Cellular Automata, Adaptation, and the Binding Problem. In Advances in Artifical Life, Lectures Notes in Artificial Intelligence 929. F. Moran, A. Moreno, JJ Merelo, P Chacon (eds.). 824-840. Springer-Verlag. New York

9.  Sulis, W. (1996) A Formal Framework for the Study of Collective Intelligence. 5th Conference on Artificial Life, Kyoto, Japan, May 1996.

10.  Sulis, W. (1996) TIGoRS and Neural Codes. In Nonlinear Dynamics in Human Behaviour, W. Sulis and A. Combs (Eds.) Singapore:  World Scientific.

11.  Sulis, W. (1996) Foundations of Collective Intelligence. Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and the Life Sciences, 1(1), 30-65, 1996

12.  Sulis, W. (1997) Fundamentals of Collective Intelligence. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Science, 1(1), 30-65.

13.  Sulis, W. (1997) TIGoRS and Neural Codes. In Nonlinear Dynamics in Human Behaviour, W. Sulis and A. Combs (Eds.) Singapore:  World Scientific.

14.  Sulis, W (1997) Collective Intelligence as a Model for a Dynamic Unconscious. Psychological Perspectives: Issue Thirty Five: Visionaries. Spring, 64-93.

15.  Sulis, W. (1997) Collective Intelligence. In: Trofimova I.N., Budanov V.G. (eds.) (1997). Synergetics and Psychology. Texts. Volume 1. Methodological questions. Moscow. MSSU Press.

16.  Sulis W. (1997) Tigors and Neural Codes. In: M.A.Basin, S.V. Charitonov (Eds.). Synergetics and Psychology. Sanct-Petersburg: SPBUVK.

17.  Sulis, W. (1998) Dynamical Systems in Psychology: Linguistic Approaches. In The Complex Matters of Mind and Brain, F.Orsucci (ed.), 33-58. Singapore, World Scientific.

18.  Sulis, W. (1998) TIGoRS as an Associative Memory in Complex Systems. Complex Systems. Proceedings of International Conference. Oxford Press.

19.  Sulis, W. (1998) Dynamical systems in psychobiology. In Chaos, Fractals, Models, F.M. Guindani and G. Salvadori (eds.). Pavia, Italy: Italian University Press.

20.  Trofimova I, Potapov, A., Sulis, W. (1998) Collective Effects on Individual Behavior: In search of Universality. International Journal of Chaos Theory and Applications. Pp.35-45.

21.  Sulis, W. (1998) Irrationality and Collective Processes. In: Proceeding of the Conference Managing the Complexity, Toronto. In press.

22.  Szechtman, H., Eilam, D., Sulis, W. (1998) Quinpirole induces compulsive checking behavior in rats: a potential animal model of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Behavioral Neuroscience. 112 (6), 1475-1485.

23.  Sulis W. (1999) Archetypal Dynamics. Papers of Internet World Congress on Biomedical Sciences.

24.  Sulis W. (1999) A Formal Theory of Colletive Intelligence. In: W.Tschacher, J.P.Dauwalder (Eds.) Dynamics, Synergetics, Autonomous Agents. Singapore: World Scientific.

25.  Sulis W. (1999) Collective Intelligence. In: Trofimova I.N. (Ed.) (2000). Synergetics and Psychology. Texts. Volume 2. Social Processes. Moscow. Yanus Press. (in Russian). Pp.38-64.

26.  Sulis W. Information representation in neural and complex systems. In : Sulis W., Trofimova I. (Eds.) (2000) Nonlinear Dynamics in Life and Social Sciences. IOS Press, Amsterdam.

S Press, Amsterdam.

27.  Sulis W., Gupta A. Nonlinear dynamics in psychiatry. In: Sulis W., Trofimova I. (Eds.) (2000) Nonlinear Dynamics in Life and Social Sciences. IOS Press, Amsterdam.

28.  Sulis W. (2001) A formal theory of collective intelligence. In: Szuba, T. Computational Collective Intelligence. Wiley Book Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing.

29.  Sulis W. (2001) Collective intelligence as a model for the unconscious. In: Szuba, T. Computational Collective Intelligence. Wiley Book Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing.

30.  Sulis, W. (2002) Archetypal Dynamics and Emergence. In Nation J., Trofimova I., Rand J., Sulis W. (Eds.) (2002) Formal Descriptions of Developing Systems. Kluwer Press.

31.  Sulis W. (2003) Effect TIGoRS in stimuli recognition. In: Arshinov V., Shendyapin V., Trofimova I. (Eds.) Synergetics and Psychology. Texts. Volume 3. Cognitive Processes. Moscow. Yanus Press. (in Russian).

32. Sulis, W. (2004) Archetypal Dynamical Systems and Semantic Frames in Vertical and Horizontal Emergence. Emergence: Complexity and Organizations, 6(3).

33. Sulis, W. (2007) Archetypal Dynamical Systems and Semantic Frames in Vertical and Horizontal Emergence in Cilliers, P (Ed.) (2007) Thinking Complexity. Complexity and Philosophy Vol. 1, ISCE Publishing.

34. Sulis, W. (2008) Stochastic phase decoupling in dynamical networks. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life science. 12(4) 327-358

35. Sulis, W. (2009) Collective intelligence: Observations and models. In S. Guastello, M. Koopmans, D. Pincus (Eds.) Chaos and complexity in psychology. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (pp. 41-72)

36. Sulis, W. (2010) Archetypal dynamics, emergent situations and the reality game.  Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences. 14(3) 209-238.
37. Trofimova, I. & Sulis, W. (2010) The lability of behavior as a marker of comorbid depression and anxiety. Advances in bioscience and biotechnology 1, 3, 190-199. DOI: 10.4236/abb.2010.13027
38. Trofimova, I. & Sulis, W. (2011) Is temperament activity specific? Validation of the structure of temperament questionnaire- compact (STQ-77). International journal of psychology & psychological therapy, 11(3) 389-400
39. Sulis, W. (2012) Causal Tapestries for Psychology and Physics. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 16(2), 113-1340.

40. Sulis, W. (2014) A process model of quantum mechanics. Journal of modern physics DOI: 10.4236/jmp.2014.516176

41. Sulis, W. (2016) A Process Algebra Model of QED. Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 701 (1) 012032

42. Sulis, W. (2016) Synchronization, TIGoRS, and Information Flow in Complex Systems: Disposiitonal Cellular Automata. NDPLS 20(2) 293-317

43. Trofimova I, Sulis W. (2016) Benefits of distinguishing between physical and social-verbal aspects of behaviour: an example of generalized anxiety. Frontiers in Psychology.14 Mar  2016 7:338 DOI:103389psyg201600338

44.  Sulis, W. (2016) Transient Induced Global Response Synchronization. International Journal of Design & Nature and Environment  11(4) 712-21

45. Trofimova I, Sulis W. (2016) A study of the coupling of FET temperament traits with Major Depression. Frontiers in  Psychology. DOI: 103389psyg201601848.

46.  Sulis, W. (2017) Completing Quantum Mechanics. In K. Sienicki, Quantum Mechanics Interpretations. Open Academic Press 350-421

47.  Sulis, W, (2017) A Process Algebra Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics: Physics from the Top Up. In: R. Martinez (ed.) Complex Systems: Theory and Applications. Nova Publishing.

48. Sulis, W. (2017) A Process Algebra Approach to Quantum Electrodynamics. International Journal of  Theoretical Physics. DOI 10.1007/s10773-017-3366-y

49. Sulis, W. (2017) Modeling stochastic complexity in complex adaptive systems: Non-Kolmogorov probability and the process algebra approach. Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and Life Sciences, 21(4) 407-440

50.   Trofimova, I., Robbins, T., Sulis, W., Uher, J. (2018) Taxonomies of psychological individual differences: biological perspectives on millennia-long challenges. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biology, 373 (1744). Doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0153

51.   Sulis, W. (2018) Assessing the continuum between temperament and affective illness: psychiatric and mathematical perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biology, 373 (1744) Doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0168

52. Uher, J., Trofimova, I., Sulis, W. et al. (2018) Diversity in action: exchange of perspectives and reflections on taxonomies of individual differences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – Biology, 373 (1744). Doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0172

53. Trofimova, I., Sulis, W. (2017) There is more to mental illness than negative affect: comprehensive temperament profiles in depression and generalized anxiety. BMC Psychiatry. In press

 

Book Reviews:

 

Sulis, W. (1995) Book Review: The Collapse of Chaos by J. Cohen and I. Stewart. World Futures 44 (2) 191-197.

Sulis, W. (1995) Book Review: The Undivided Universe by D. Bohm and B. Hiley. Quantum Implications: Essays in Honor of David Bohm by B. Hiley and F.D. Peat. World Futures 44 (3) 197-201

Sulis, W. (1997) Book Review: Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics by Daniel Kaplan and Leon Glass. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Science. 1(3), 233-236.

Sulis, W. (1997) Book Review: Chaos, Catastrophe, and Human Affairs by Stephen Guastello, Journal of Economic Organization and Behavior.

Sulis, W. (1998) Book Review: Archetypes and Strange Attractors by John van Enwyck. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Science.

Sulis, W. (1999) Book Review: Physical theory in Biology: Foundations and Explorations. Charles J. Lumsden, Wendy A. Brandts and Lynn E.H. Trainor (Eds.). Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences 3(3), 301-304.

Sulis, W. (1999) Book Review: An Introduction to Complex Dynamical Systems by Yaneer Bar-Yam. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 3(4), 379-382

Trofimova, I., Sulis, W. (2002) Book Review: Putting a New Spin on Groups: the Science of Chaos by Bud A. McClure. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 6(3), 285-288

Sulis, W. (2003) Book Review: Nonlinear Dynamics: Techniques and Applications in Psychology by Richard A. Heath. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences ( In press)

 

Technical Reports:

Invited Lectures (selected):

 

1. Order Automata, presented to the Department of Computer Science, University of Ottawa, October 1989.

2. Autobiographical Memory: A Review, presented to the Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, February 91.

3. Screening Tools in Geriatric Psychiatry, presented to the West Haldimand General Hospital, Hagersville, Ontario, November 91.

4. Tempered Neural Networks, presented to the Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, January 92.

5. Lectures on Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology and Neurochemistry to Adult Mental Health Services of Haldimand-Norfolk, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Hagersville, Ontario, February-March 1992.

6. Tempered Neural Networks, presented to Combined Outreach Geriatric Services, Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Hamilton, Ontario, February, 1992.

7. Lectures series on Introduction to Neuropsychiatry, presented to Adult Mental Health Services of Haldimand-Norfolk, Geriatric Psychiatry

8. Program, Hagersville, Ontario, April, June 1992.

9. Emergent Computation in Tempered Neural Networks: Effects of Synaptic Modification. Presented to the 5th Annual Research Day, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University. April 1993.

10. Presented Workshop on Complex Systems, June 28-29 1994, for The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences.

11. Linguistic Approaches to Computation in Complex Systems. Presented at the 6th Annual Complex Systems Summer School of the Santa Fe Institute. 1994.

12. Synchronization in Complex Systems. Presented to the 6th Annual Research Day, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, May 1994.

13. Synchronization in Adaptive Stochastic Cellular Automata: Resonance Effects. Presented to the 7th Annual Research Day, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, April 1995.

14. Algorithmicity and Reductionism in the Study of Mind: Experiment and Speculation. Presented to the 7th Annual Research Day, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, April 1995.

15. Scaling Laws in an Animal Model of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. International Psychological Congress. Montreal, August, 1996.

16. Transients, Dynamical Languages and Scaling in Psychobiology. University of Muenster, October 1996.

17. External faculty for the Second Mohonk Conference Dedicated to the Self Organizing Psyche, May 1996

18. Scaling in Psychobiology. International Conference on Chaos, Fractals, Models 96. Pavia, Italy, October 1996.

19. Chair, session on Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, International Conference on Chaos, Fractals, Models 96. Pavia, Italy, October 1996.

20. Transients, Dynamical Languages and Scaling. Russian Synergetics Society. Moscow, Russia. November 1996.

21. Driven cellular automata and TIGoRS. Keldysh Institute of Applied mathematics, Moscow, Russia, January 1997

22. Scaling in Psychobiology. Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Scineces, Moscow, Russia, January 1997.

23. Collective Intelligence. Department of Psychology. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, March 1997.

24. A Formal Theory of Collective Intelligence, at Dynamics, Synergetics, Autonomous Agents, Gstaad, March 1997

25. Emergence in Brain and Mind, International Conference on Complex Systems, Nashua, NH, September, 1997.

26. Driven Cellular Automata, at the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Moscow, January, 1997

27. Introduction to Psychodynamics, at the Department of Law, Moscow State Social University, Moscow, March, 1997

28. TIGoRS and Neural Codes, at <Synergetics and Psychology>, a roundtable hosted by SYNC, St.Petersburg Association of Research Scientists. ,St.Petersburg, March, 1997.

29. Fundamentals of Collective Intelligence. The Conference Managing the Complexity - Toronto, April, 1998.

30. Archetypes and Dynamics within a Unitary Reality ( Symposium, with Robin Robertson ), Annual Meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. Madison, WI August 2001.

31. Chaos, Complexity and Metaphysics ( Symposium, with Jeff Goldstein and Robin Robertson), Annual Meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. Boston, MA, August 2003.

32. What’s New in Alzheimer’s Disease. May 2004. Alzheimer’s Society of Haldimand-Norfolk.

33. Archetypal Dynamics: The Reality Game. Understanding Complex Systems. May 2005. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

34. Combinatorial Dynamics 1. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, Denver, CO. August 2005.

35. Combinatorial Dynamics 2. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, Denver, CO. August 2005.

36. Stochastic Phase Decoupling in Random Graphical Dynamical Systems, Oct 2007, NESCI, Boston 39. Archetypes as Symmetries in Complex Systems, Oct 2007, NESCI, Boston1.    

37.  Fundamentals of Collective Intelligence, Keynote Speaker, International Nonlinear Science Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 2008
38.  Fundamentals of Collective Intelligence, Department of Psychology, King’s College, UWO, 2008
39.  Self Organization and Emergent Structures in Psychological Phenomena. APS. Chicago, 2008
40.  Emergence, Cognition, and Collective Intelligence, University of Hertfordshire, 2009
41.  Temperament in Depression and Anxiety Disorders, APA, Toronto, 2009
42.  Temperament in Depression and Anxiety Disorders, ICAP, Melbourne, 2010

43. Depression and Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Support Group, Dunnville, 2012
44. Alcohol and Dementia. ACE Program, Simcoe. Sept. 2012
45. Age Discrimination. Senior’s Support Services, Dunnville 2012
46. Apathy and Parkinson’s Disease. Regional Parkinson’s Conference. Kitchener, 2012.

47. Meditation in Psychotherapy. By the Willow, Dunnviile 2017.

 

 

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

 

Contributions to the Training of Personnel

 

Name

Years

Degree

Title

Position

Dianne Miller

1995-96

B.Sc.

Mobility versus Stasis

Grad Student

Dianne Miller

1997

M.Sc.

Universality in Social Dynamics Models

Grad Student

Irina Trofimova

1996-98

Ph.D.

Multi-agent Programming

Researcher of the laboratory

Doreen Au

1998

B.Sc.

Semantic Space Modeling

Undergrad Student

Miranda Sim

1998

B.Sc.

Ergodic Theoretic Analysis of Human Locomotion

Undergrad Student

Arun Gupta

1999-00

B.Sc.

Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychiatry

Undergrad Student

Tasleem Murji

2000-01

B.Sc.

Collective Intelligence

In Social Systems

Undergrad Student

Kristine Espiritu

2002-03

B.Sc.

Semantic Space Modeling

Undergrad Student

Chandrima Bandyopadhyay

2002-03

B.Sc.

Semantic Space Modeling

Undergrad Student

Samira Patel

2002-03

B.Sc.

Semantic Space Modeling

Undergrad Student

Melissa Devlan

2003-04

B.Sc.

Quality of Life and use of antidepressants

Undergrad Student

Claudia Tomantsger

2003-04

B.Sc.

Quality of Life and use of antidepressants

Undergrad Student

Marie Drosos

2004-05

Independent study course

Collective Intelligence

Undergrad Student

Leah Hockney

2004-05

B.Sc.

Study of network dynamics in models of social interactions

Undergrad Student

Pamela Kwok

2005-2006

B.Sc.

Rule Coupled Order-Disorder Effects in RGDS

Undergrad Student

Patricia Marcoccia 2006-2007 B.Sc. Emergence in Psychology Undergrad Student
Michael Sanderson 2006-2007 B.Sc. Collective Intelligence Undergrad Student
Luxi Li 2009-2010 B.Sc.  Consciousness Undergrad Student
Surab Khogiani     2010-2011 B.Sc. Adaptation of the STQ-77 to Dari

Undergrad Student

Polly Cheng 2011-2012 B.Sc. Psychophysiology of Individual Differences

Undergrad Student

Titus Timotin 2011-2012 B.Sc. Collective Intelligence Undergrad Student

 

Biographical Listings

Who's Who in the World 1987-88.
Who's Who in the World 1989-90.
Who's Who in the World 1991-92.

Publications available On-Line:

TIGoRS in Complex Systems: An Encoding Mechanism For Situated Cognition.

Collective Effects On Individual Behaviour: Three Questions In The Search For Universality.

 


E-Mail Bill Sulis  sulisw@mcmaster.ca