A simple task: use machine learning in order to avoid useless local searches to be started. Try to find new putative optimal configurations learning from past trials.

Skill required: just python – most numerical experiments in circle packing have already been perfomed.

2/3 months maximum effort required – very likely this research will generate a scientific publication

Candidate: Fabio Stivanin

Do not waste past computations: Learning and Optimization for Optimal Circle Packing