Frances Hallett is the Lead Software Engineer at, where she manages a team in the design and backend code development for the construction project management software. Her specialisation in software design and development of web, mobile and embedded applications for small and large scale distributed systems makes her an asset to the team.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Mechanical Engineering with Honours from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Data Science, Information Technology from Monash University and with professional experience with Sandvik Coromant in Sweden as a Development Engineer (Mechatronics) and Sandvik Mining and Construction in Australia as a Control Systems Engineer, Frances has a wealth of knowledge of both mechanical engineering and mechatronics, as well as data science and software development, with a keen interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Frances is well known for her creativity, multi-disciplinary experience, and passion for data driven decision making. We recently caught up with Frances to find out a bit more about what drives her. Here’s what she had to say:

What do you do?

I manage a team in the design and backend code development for

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut.

Most important innovation of your lifetime thus far?

Probably writing my first working machine learning algorithm with Python. It was a simple Viterbi function based on hidden Markov models, but it was pivotal for me because it was a working model that allowed me to understand the power of technology and the intelligence it can provide.

Whose brain would you most like to pick?

It would be a three way tie between Albert Einstein, Sam Harris and Randall Carlson.

What inspires you?

A.I and machine learning. I also love reading about the advancements in quantum computing and the opportunities it’s going to bring to individuals, groups and industries.

Favourite pastimes: 

Travelling and working around the world.

Quote you live by:

“Say yes, you’ll figure it out afterward” – Tina Fey