The scope of SomnoSafe is "vigilance & safety", thus including

  • any topic that is (potentially) related to both vigilance and safety,
  • any vigilance-related topic that (potentially) impacts safety, and
  • any safety-related topic that is (potentially) linked to vigilance,

where "vigilance" refers to any level of human vigilance - from low to high - and includes many conditions such as somnolence, drowsiness, sleepiness, "fatigue", and (cognitive) distraction. The scope also includes the monitoring of the level of vigilance of an operator, to take appropriate actions to prevent accidents, in particular in transportation.

The scope is multidisciplinary, and includes considerations arising in the following fields and activities (among others):

  • Neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, chronobiology, biomedical engineering;
  • Medicine, micro-sleeps, pathologies (sleep apneas, narcolepsy, etc.), clinical studies;
  • Cognitive science, psychology, sociology, ergonomics, human factors;
  • Somnolence, drowsiness, sleepiness, fatigue;
  • Distraction, cognitive distraction, driver distraction;
  • Factors affecting level of vigilance, in general and in special cases, such as for somnolence/drowsiness and distraction;
  • Means of defining and measuring/quantifying level of vigilance, in general and in special cases, such as for somnolence/drowsiness and distraction;
  • Use of existing vigilance/drowsiness scales, development and use of new ones;
  • Use of existing distraction scales, development and use of new ones;

  • Sensing modalities providing (1D) signals such as EEG, EOG, EMG, ECG, thoracic effort, skin resistance, optooculography (OOG), eye reflectometry, actigraphy;
  • Sensing modalities providing 2D and/or 3D images (from cameras), such as photooculography (POG);
  • Sensing, algorithms, signal processing, image processing & analysis, computer vision, analysis of facial expressions, machine learning;
  • Risk analysis, prediction, and monitoring;
  • Engineering, technology, systems, embedded systems, real-time systems, hardware, software;
  • Pharmaceuticals development, testing, clinical studies, and side-effects evaluation;
  • Shift work scheduling to improve sustained vigilance;
  • Design and test of automatic vigilance monitoring systems, based on equipment (e.g. car) behavior, operator behavior, and operator physiology;
  • Evaluation, validation, and certification of vigilance monitoring systems;

  • In-vehicle safety systems, design and manufacturing of vehicles;
  • Transportation (road, rail, marine, air, space), remote monitoring of fleets;
  • Drowsy driving and its prevention, awareness campaigns;
  • Monitoring of patients with drowsiness-related pathologies;
  • Surveillance of industrial processes;
  • Study of vigilance-related accidents, policy making;
  • Insurance, legal, privacy, and acceptability issues.


SomnoSafe consists mainly of a conference and satellite events.

The conference takes place over the two full days of the event. It consists of a succession of invited presentations and regular presentations, where the latter correspond to abstracts accepted following a strict peer-review process.

The satellite events consist mainly of a welcome reception (at the end of the day preceding the conference), a banquet (at the end of the first day), and a small exhibit (in parallel with the conference). A press conference is also held on the first day of the conference.

The high-level structure of SomnoSafe 2016 is as follows:

  • 21 Feb 2016, late afternoon (Sun): welcome reception
  • 22-23 Feb (Mon-Tue): conference & exhibit
  • 22 Feb (Mon): press conference
  • 22 Feb, evening (Mon): banquet.

Detailed time information is found in the Program & schedule.