👋🏼 Hi, I’m Ethan Villalovoz – Welcome to My Portfolio!

I am a fourth-year Undergraduate Student in the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) at Washington State University, studying Computer Science. I am fortunate to be advised by Dr. Janardhan Rao (Jana) Doppa and Dr. Haipeng Cai, where I am analyzing security vulnerabilities of programs generated by large language models (LLMs) for code. I am supported by the Generation Google Scholarship, the Auvil Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) - WSU Program.

This Summer 2024, I will be participating in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program. I am excited to join the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab, where I will be mentored by Dr. Henny Admoni and Michelle Zhao.

Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, with a focus on developing autonomous systems that can intelligently learn and adapt in dynamic environments. Specifically, I am interested in creating robust algorithms for robotic perception, planning, and control, which are essential for enabling intelligent behaviors in complex settings. Additionally, I am passionate about natural language processing to facilitate seamless and intuitive human-AI communication. I aim to enhance human-robot interaction and multi-agent collaboration through advanced learning and control strategies, ensuring safe and efficient interactions.

Future Plans

I will be applying for graduate school this upcoming fall and will be graduating with my undergraduate degree in Spring 2025. I plan to start graduate school in Fall 2025. If you are interested in my experiences and believe I would be a great fit for your lab group, please feel free to contact me.


Outside of academics, I enjoy playing volleyball (indoor or beach) 🏐 and mini golf ⛳️!

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to meet many exceptional mentors who generously shared their time and guidance, helping me reach where I am today. I now consider these mentors my friends. If you’re interested in my experiences or seeking advice on starting a career in computer science, feel free to email me. I’d be happy to chat.