Dr. Mark J. Carlotto
Mark J. Carlotto is an image scientist with 30 years of experience in satellite remote sensing and digital image processing. From 1972 to 1981 he studied optics, signal and image processing at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he received B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1977, 1979, and 1981. Dr. Carlotto has held several positions in academia and industry. From 1981 to 1993 he was a senior member of the technical staff at the Analytic Sciences Corporation. During the period from 1981 to 1983 he was also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at Boston University. Currently he is a senior staff scientist with General Dynamics. Dr. Carlotto has published a number of technical and scientific papers in the areas of image processing, pattern recognition, remote sensing, geographic information systems, artificial intelligence applications, and optical computing.
Dr. Carlotto has also studied a variety of anomalous phenomena. His first book, The Martian Enigmas (North Atlantic Books, 1996), describes in detail his analysis of imagery of the Face and other unusual objects on the surface of Mars imaged by a Viking Orbiter spacecraft in 1976. He was also a major contributor to The Case for the Face (Adventures Unlimited Press, 1998) which contained a collection of papers related to the search for life on Mars. He edited and published New Frontiers in Science, an on-line peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of anomalous phenomena. His latest book, The Cydonia Controvery (LuLu, 2008) discusses the history, science, and implications of the potential discovery of archaeological ruins in the Cydonia of Mars.
His work has been reported in New Scientist, Omni, and Newsweek, and has appeared in several television programs including Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, Sci Fi Channel's Inside Space, Sightings, and History's Mysteries Life on Mars episode.
Dr. Carlotto has authored/coauthored the following peer-reviewed papers related to Mars and anomalous phenomena: