Earth Friendly Computation: Applying Indigenous Data Lifecycles in Medical and Sovereign AI

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2025
January 4-8, 2025
Big Island of Hawai'i



The rapid expansion of artificial intelligence (AI) across fields - particularly with the advent of powerful Large Language Models (LLMs) and the application of AI in human health - is generating vast quantities of data, consuming massive amounts of energy, and leaving behind significant environmental footprints. This growth poses a potential risk of exacerbating the climate crisis, which may, in turn, have major downstream impacts on global health.

This session will focus on the innovative integration of Indigenous data lifecycle models that respect the principles of data as a sacred entity and relation, with the growing field of medical AI, particularly in precision medicine and public health. We aim to foster a dialogue on how computational methods, rooted in Indigenous wisdom, can not only enhance the accuracy and fairness of AI in healthcare and other fields but also promote the conservation of environmental resources in computational practices.

Session Topics

We invite submissions that address contemporary challenges in medical and sovereign artificial intelligence through technologies, policies, and practices aligned with Indigenous principles and an earth-friendly approach to AI:

Session Organizers

Keolu Fox, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego and J. Craig Venter Institute
pkfox (at)

Kystal Tsosie, PhD, MPH, MA
Arizona State University
ktsosie (at)

Kaja Wasik, PhD
J. Craig Venter Institute

Alec Calac, BS, MD/PhD Candidate
University of California, San Diego and J. Craig Venter Institute
acalac (at)

Alexander Ioannidis, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz and Stanford University

Eric T. Dawson, PhD
edawson (at)

Key Dates

Paper Submission Deadline August 1, 2024
Notification of Acceptances September 9, 2024
Revised Papers Due October 1, 2024
Poster/Abstract Submission Deadline December 2, 2024
PSB 2025 January 4-8, 2025

Submission and More Information

See full details about how to submit a paper, poster, or abstract at

For more information, contact Dr. Keolu Fox.