Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Alessandro Cossard (AC) is a Ph.D. student at the Chemistry Department of Turin, in the Theoretical Chemistry group, as a software developer for the CRYSTAL code (, His project is about implementing some new computational tools into CRYSTAL in order to study in deep some branches of quantum chemistry. In particular, he is implementing code for extending the Bader analysis to f and g-orbitals.


Work Experiences


  • Applied Research Lagrange Scholarship. AC worked one year at ISI Foundation in Turin ( on a project under the name “Data for Social Good. In particular, AC analyzed big data from Social Network in order to follow the development of the anti-vaccination movement in Italy. The tutors of this work were Yelena Mejova, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Daniela Paolotti, Michele Starnini, and Kyriaki Kalimeri.
  • Scholarship at the Chemistry Department at the University of Turin in the Theoretical Chemistry group. AC developed some computational models for periodic systems into the CRYSTAL code in the framework of the Density Functional Theory. The tutor of this project was Prof. Civalleri Bartolomeo.


  • Full teacher at the Campus MFS (
    • At the sessions of December 2018 and January 2019, AC taught the basis of Network Theory and how to use the Gephi software to build and visualize complex networks (show certificate, show certificate)
    • At the session of July 2019, AC taught both the previous course about network and a course named Python for Data Science in which he taught the basics of Machine Learning and how to build a simple AI in Python (show certificate)
  • Full Teacher and department coordinator of the Integrate Science Subject (Physics) at the Scholastic Institution of Technical Education Innocenzo Manzetti in the city of Aosta (show certificate)


International Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • A. Cossard, g. De Francisci Morales, Kyriaki Kalimeri, Yelena Mejova, Daniela Paolotti, Michele Starnini, Falling into the echo-chamber: the Italian Vaccination Debate on Twitter, 14th International Conference on Web and Social Media (2020).
  • M. DeStefanis, C. Ravoux, A. Cossard, A. Erba, Thermo-Elasticity of Materials from Quasi-Harmonic Calculations, Minerals, 9, 16 (2019). The article also appeared as the cover of the number.



Schools and Conferences Participations

  • Presentation at the Lagrange Scholarship Day. AC presented his work titled “Characterizing the debate around vaccination on Twitter in Italy” to ISI researcher leaders and a delegation of CRT foundation (21 Febbraio 2019).
  • Poster Presentation at the Italian Archeoastronomy Society conference, National Institute of Astrophysics, Genova. AC presented hia apps Archeoastronomy ( The app is available for Android smartphones and it presents the most famous archaeoastronomical sites in the world.
    22-24 October 2018
  • Tutor at the Ab Initio Modeling of Solid State Chemistry School, organized by the University of Turin. AC tutored the theoretical lessons, helping the international participants to use the CRYSTAL software (
    2-7 September 2018


Workshops, Symposia and Academic courses

  • Introduction to Parallel Programming with MPI, Ph.D. course, 03/2020  (show certificate)
  • NIS Colloquium on Theoretical and experimental approaches to thermoelectrics for waste heat harvesting, 09/01/2020 (show certificate)
  • Machine Learning meets Chemistry (show certificate)
  • Tutorial on Topological Data Analysis, Giovanni Petri, Leader Researcher ISI Foundation, 19/03/2019
  • Women in Data Science Conference, OGR, Turin, 05/03/2019
  • Complements of Computational Material Science, Master course, 04/03/2018-07/06/2018 (show certificate)


Accepted works, not presented by him

  • Poster Presentation accepted at the fifth International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), University of Amsterdam.
    17-20 Luglio 2019.

Scientific Dissemination


Master in Physics of Complex Systems (23/10/2017) at the University of Turin with graduation 105/110. Thesis: Scaling law in Biology. Supervisor: Prof. Mario Ferraro.

Bachelor in Physics (14/10/2015)  at the University of Turin with graduation 90/110. Thesis: The Periodic Table and the Pauli Principle. Supervisor: Prof. Anselmino Mauro.



Computer Science Skills

Programming Languages:

  • C++ : basic
  • C#: basic
  • Java: basic
  • Python: advanced
  • Fortran: basic
  • Basic 4 Android: basic
  • Unity: basic
  • Construct 3: basic
  • MPI: basic



  • Wolfram Mathematica: advanced
  • CRYSTAL: advanced
  • Gephi: advanced
  • Word, Excel e Power Point: advanced
  • Audacity: basic
  • WordPress: basic


Language Skills

  • Inglese: IELTS exam with grade 6 (21/07/2018) (show certificate)
  • Francese: certification of full knowledge of the French language released from Aosta’s Valley offices (show certificate)


Online Courses

  • software 
    Build from scratch and publish Android apps with Basic 4 Android  – Udemy (show certificate)
    Build and Publish Android games using Unity – Udemy (show certificate)
    Build your own podcast with Audacity- Udemy (show certificate)
    Basic Data Programing and Visualisation – Coursera
    Build your own site using WordPress – Udemy (show certificate)
    How to create an arcade game using Construct – Udemy
    Discover augmented reality games using Vuforia – Udemy
  • Social Sciences
    Stanford’s Nutrition and Health – Coursera (show certificate)
    How to defend against fake news – Udemy (show certificate)
    Instagram marketing  – Udemy (show certificate)
    Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes – EdX
  • Data Science
    Basic Data Processing and visualization – Udemy
    Full course of Data Science and Machine Learning with Python – Udemy
  • Digital Epidemiology
    Applied Data Science Covid-19 Data Analysis – Udemy
    Covid-19 Contact Tracing – Coursera (show certificate)
    Covid-19 Data Science Urban Epidemic Modelling – Udemy (show certificate)
  • Green science
    Global Warming I: the science and Modelling of Climate Change – Coursera
  • Research Webinars
    How to be a statistical detective – how to spot errors on health-related papers – Stanford-online university
  • Others Skill
    Chess Course on Material Strategy – Udemy (show certificate)

Major Research Seminars

  • Understanding the link between social contact patterns and influenza transmission, Jackie Kleynhans, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, 22/03/2019
  • Computational Social Science in Russia, Daniel Alexandrov, National Research University – Higher School of Economics in St.Petersburg, 18/03/2019
  • Building a Personal Roadmap to One Health: research, study and expectation, Costanza Manes, One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida, Gainesville, 15/03/2019
  • Tracking political evolution in Twitter during a presidential campaign, Mariano Beirò, Buenos Aires University & CONICET, 15/01/2019
  • Art History as a Systematic Science, Maximilian Schich, Ludwig-Maximilians University, 11/12/2018
  • One Health and You, Ilaria Capua, Gainesville, Florida University, 29/11/2018
  • Energy-consistent relativistic ab initio pseudopotential, adjustment, calibration and application​, Michael Dolg, Cologne University, 24/01/2018
  • Unusual electronics structure of some cerium compounds and ambiguous cerium oxidation state assignment​, Michael Dolg, Cologne University, 23/01/2018
  • Vibrational calculational beyond the harmonic approximation: from molecules to periodic systems, Philippe Carbonnière, University of Pau and the Adour Region, 18/01/2018

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