Dr. Layal Hakim


Layal Hakim is a mathematician and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Computing in Imperial College London.

Layal was born in London, England. She attended Brunel University, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Mathematics in July 2010. After that, she started a PhD, funded by the EPSRC, in the same department under the supervision of Professor Sergey Mikhailov. Layal completed her PhD in April 2014 and joined Imperial College as a research associate in July 2014.

Layal’s main interests lie in the area of fracture mechanics, numerical methods to solve integral equations and differential equations, and programming. She also enjoys reading about other topics in mathematics and philosophy; and she enjoys painting.

Layal is a member of the MOSS project which is funded by the Technology Strategy Board. The main aim of this project is to obtain a way of processing  and archiving binary large objects by making wide use of functional programming languages.  As the  operations on binary large objects are generally immutable, they  can be treated as mathematical values that are amenable to manipulation using  functional programming techniques. Such techniques rely on the use of abstractions, particularly control abstractions presented as higher-order functions.
This project is very contemporary since binary large object storage and functional programming are two very
separate but modern approaches; therefore, their combination is  unique and potentially very powerful.



1. Hakim L., Mikhailov S.E., Nonlinear Abel type integral equation in modelling creep crack propagation, Integral Methods in Science and Engineering: Computational and Analytic Aspects, editors: C. Constanda C. and P. Harris, Springer, 191-201, 2011

2. Hakim L., Mikhailov S.E. Cohesive Zone Models in History Dependent Materials, Proceedings, International Conference on Computational Mechanics 2013, CM13., Durham, England, 25-27 March, 2013

3. Hakim L., Mikhailov S.E. Integral Equations in Cohesive Zones Modelling of Fracture in History Dependent Materials, World Congress on Engineering 2013 Newswood Limited, International Association of Engineers, ISBN 978-0-988-19251-0-7, 226-231, 2013

4. Hakim L., Mikhailov S.E., Numerical Implementation of a Cohesive Zone in History-Dependent Materials, arXiv:1403.3708, 2014