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).
The suburb of Drewvale is 19.5 South of the Brisbane CBD and borders the neighbouring suburbs of Calamvale, Parkinson and Algester.
The area is mainly made up of examples of newer homes anywhere between 25 and 5 years old – especially low and high set brick homes. There are some examples of older style homes left over from the early days of the suburb.
The area is sparsely populated with a semi-rural feel, although a number of recent residential developments are changing the make-up of the suburb. There was a lot of farmland prior to the development of new housing estates with a few houses still on large acreage blocks.
The main road to Brisbane is the Beaudesert Road and the Logan Motorway is located close by making it convenient to get to the Gold Coast.
Most of the community infrastructure and facilities are located in neighbouring Calamvale. These include educational facilities and sporting facilities.
According to the 2001 Census there were 6,212 people living in the Drewvale/Parkinson area with a median age of 30. The median individual income was between $300 and $399 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings 79% were either fully owned or being purchased; 17% were being rented.