The Computer Science Department of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering appointed Morteza Dehghani and David DeVault to research assistant professor positions. Dehghani works as a member of the Virtual Humans team at ICT where his research focus is on how culture and emotion interact to influence social interactions. He earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. DeVault is a member of ICT’s Natural Language Dialogue Group, where his research centers on enabling dialogue systems to respond to the inevitable uncertainties of communication in a way that is more flexible, more robust, and more human-like. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University.