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).
Bongaree is one of three small settlements on Bribie Island, a 31-kilometre island 26 kilometres east of Caboolture, to the north of Brisbane.
The island on the northern reaches of Moreton Bay is separated from the mainland by a bridge and Pumicestone Passage, which is renowned for safe boating and good fishing and supports an extraordinary diversity of fauna.
Bribie, in fact, is the only one of hundreds of Queensland off-shore islands linked by bridge to the mainland. More than 350 species of birds and waterfowl breed and live on the waterway which is also home to dugongs, turtles and passing dolphins which never fail to put on an act.
Apart from Bongaree, which lies at the southern opening of the passage, and its sister villages of Bellara and Woorim, Bribie is largely unspoiled.
It is a protected wildlife sanctuary draped in sub-tropical bushland networked by superb bushwalking tracks and flanked by kilometres of white, sandy inshore and surfing beaches washed by the Coral Sea.