since 2017 Research Assistant with the chair for Organic Computing
2015–2017 Master course in Computer Science at the University of Augsburg
2011–2015 Bachelor course in Computer Science and Multimedia at the University of Augsburg

Research foci

My main research is directed towards Learning Classifier Systems (especially XCS and its derivatives), a family of versatile evolutionary rule-based machine learning algorithms. One of the main arguments for their application is that they generate models that are more easily interpreted than the models generated by other learning systems such as artificial neural networks. However, we still don't yet fully understand in a formal way how LCS work, that is, which kinds of problems LCS are able to learn exactly and why they can learn them—which weakens the argument for them by quite a bit. Through my work, I want to develop a more formal understanding of LCS and finally prove several assumptions that were, up to now, only validated experimentally.

Other than that, I'm very interested in

  • reinforcement learning
  • evolutionary machine learning algorithms
  • functional programming, especially using Haskell
  • ways to incoporate a more formal (functional) view into everyday software such as operating systems (NixOS) or window managers (XMonad)
  • free software

Courses / teaching

(applied filters: | Semester: current | Lehrende: David Pätzel | Typen: Übung, Seminar)
name semester type
Seminar über Ad-hoc- und Sensornetze WS 2019/20 Seminar
Seminar über Organic Computing WS 2019/20 Seminar
Übung zu Grundlagen des Organic Computing WS 2019/20 Übung


  • A survey of formal theoretical advances regarding XCS. David Pätzel, Anthony Stein, and Jörg Hähner. 2019. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO '19), Manuel López-Ibáñez (Ed.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1295-1302. DOI: (PDF)
  • An algebraic description of XCS. David Pätzel and Jörg Hähner. 2018. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO '18), Hernan Aguirre (Ed.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1434-1441. DOI: (PDF)