Our CTO (Luke Cole) previously worked for Hemisphere GPS (orginally called BEELINE, and now bought out by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for various quadbikes and agriculture tractors that was used by 100's of vehicles around the world.
For 10 years, starting as a teenager in 1998 - Luke Cole has also worked for leading research institutes and companies such as NICTA (now called CSIRO Data61), CSIRO, Seeing Machines and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky, who received a rare prestigious AO award in 2017 and was Defence Scientist of Australia from 2012 for 6 years). Luke's work included various autonomous mobile robot projects, involving computer vision, and even a self-driving car early 2000's. Back then OpenCV and ROS didn't exist, so we did a "roll-your-own" called VisLib and DROS comprised of 364,578 lines of code.
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Once a sea of wattle, Acacia Ridge was one of several dormitory suburbs developed in Brisbane’s southern industrial belt in the 1970s as part of a massive decentralisation program.
After the inevitable land clearing that coincided with the original residential development, the trees are returning to Acacia Ridge through street-planting, private gardens and public parks. In places like Freny Park you can watch the young trees grow and children hone their skating skills on the beginners' bowl whiling away a few pleasant hours with a family barbecue.
The area also has an unusual link to World War II through the American forces’ decision to use a disused quarry as a dumping ground for old aircraft and armaments. The salvage rights for the quarry were subsequently granted to historian Terry Kelly who unearthed a rich cache of collectible Browning and Hispanos machine guns, aircraft and engine parts and other military odds and end.
Acacia Ridge is roughly 13km from Brisbane’s CBD. Over 41% of households in the area are couples with children, 31% are couples without children and 26% are single parent households. 94% of the dwellings in this area are stand-alone houses, and townhouses account for a further 4%. This is an older suburb, and the housing styles reflect this. There are many weatherboard homes and the occasional brick and tile low set house. The median house price in Acacia Ridge for the 2002/03 financial year was $139,000.
There are plenty of great dining options in Acacia Ridge. If you’re looking for a local café, take-away, pub or restaurant you’ll find it here. There are specialty shops on Beaudesert Road and there’s the shopping centre on Elizabeth Street. Pinelands Plaza at Sunnybank Hills is close by too. It’s easy to find just what you’re after without leaving the area. If you're looking for playgroups, childcare, kindergartens or schools in this area, you'll find them here. Check out this section for things to do in your spare time. There's sport, leisure activities, local events and more.