His research interests are in software and algorithm development, experimental quantification, and application development for virtual environments. His current research is funded by both government agencies and industry, including grants by the National Science Foundation, Army Research Labs, Hewlett Packard, and Zoo Atlanta.
One of the major strengths of Dr. Hodges work has been the development of interdisciplinary research teams for the development and analysis of virtual reality applications. Examples of current projects include the development of a real-time, 3-D geographic information system, hypermedia and hyper linking in 3-D spaces, use of virtual environments for behavioral therapy, and the creation and testing of interactive design tools in immersive environments. The Virtual Environments group that Dr. Hodges leads has also designed and developed the Simple Virtual Environment (SVE) Toolkit. SVE provides extensive software support for the creation of virtual reality applications and is currently being used by both The Army Research Lab and Navy Research Labs.
When he is not at work Dr. Hodges enjoys hanging out with his family, reading science fiction and fantasy, and training in the the martial arts.