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).
Esk is a town in South East Queensland, approximately 90 km northwest of Ipswich on the Brisbane Valley Highway. It was named after the River Esk in Scotland and England. It is the administrative centre of the Esk Shire.
The town and Shire of Esk are contained in the Queensland Electoral district of Nanango.
The small town serves as a centre for a rich farming area, including an ostrich farm. Nearby attractions include Lake Somerset and Lake Wivenhoe, both lakes created by dams and Ravensbourne and Crows Nest National Parks. The historic Bellevue Homestead and Caboonbah Homestead are located in the area. Also closeby are the peaks Glen Rock and Mt Esk.
The Shire of Esk stretches from the Lockyer Valley north and west to the Great Dividing Range and up the valley of the Brisbane River.
In fact Esk is the gateway to a region full of hidden delights. The town has a number of interesting historic buildings in an area which boasts the remarkable and elegant Bellevue and Caboonba Homesteads.