• Marko Tandefelt

    Part-time Assistant Professor


    Marko is a Part Time Assistant Professor of Media and Design, and a Masters Thesis I & II and Major Studio I & II Instructor at Parsons MFADT Design & Technology Program. He is working currently on new R&D projects on novel hardware/software hybrids and collaborative workflows related to immersive multisensory interactive storytelling in context of future of cinema, as well as a novel anti violence wearable technology project for Asia with an interesting multidisciplinary team, to tackle related complex wicked and super wicked problems step by step, facing tens of millions of women in their daily lives.

    Previously, Marko worked from 2007 to 2012 as a Senior Technology Manager at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, and til 2015 as the Director of Technology and Research. He has visualized R142 subway cars in 3D for New York City MTA and Antennadesign, and has worked in concept design and R&D related to virtual/augmented reality, 3D, immersive interfaces at ESI Design and NEC Princeton R&D Labs.

    Marko worked as the AV and Media Producer and Technology Consultant in “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future" touring international exhibition, as well as the Curator and Technology Advisor in “SAUMA: Design as Cultural Interface” exhibition. Marko has consulted and betatested for corporations such as Apple, Arkaos, Lightwave, Sseyo, Stereographics, Videodelic and Virtus. He is an avid electronic musician, synth bass player and maker of electronic musical instruments.

    Here are examples of Marko's thesis student's projects in the 2015 MFADT Final exhibition "Designing Multiplicity". 

    Here are examples of Marko's thesis student's projects in the 2014 MFADT Final exhibition.

    Here are examples of Marko's thesis student's projects in the 2013 MFADT Final exhibition.

    Here is a list of all students and projects Marko has guided since 2001.


    Degrees Held:

    Masters (M.P.S.) from NYU Tisch Institute of Film & Television's Interactive Telecommunications Program 3.916 GPA

    Bachelor in Music (B.M.) with Summa Cum Laude Honors, in Music Technology from NYU School of Education Music Technology program 3.966 GPA

    Diploma in Media Arts. Center for the Media Arts, School of Audio Engineering, New York. 4.0 GPA.

    Professional Affiliations:

    Longtime member of ACM (Association of Computer Machinery).

    Longtime member of SIGGRAPH (ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques).

    Longtime member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). 

    Lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honors society.

    Recent Publications:

    Mention of curation of Sauma Exhibition, AIR scent installation in “Senses and the City: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Urban Sensescapes”, edited by Mădălina Diaconu, Eva Heuberger, Ruth Mateus-berr, Lukas M. Vosicky. LOT Verlag, January 13, 2011. ISBN 3643502486.

    Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future book, Exhibition AV and Media Producer, Exhibition and book project production and research team member, Yale University Press, May 31, 2011. ISBN 0300122373.

    Translation of “MAKE: Arduino Bots and Gadgets” from Finnish original for O’Reilly/MAKE publications. Make Publications, April 11, 2011. ISBN 1449389716.

    Mention in New York Times: Future Flashback: The Prefab from Another Planet, July 28, 2005.

    Book cover: 3D Visualization of the New York City R142 Subway car in: Evolution of New York City Subway Cars: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars, 1867-1997. By Gene Sansone. February 26, 2002. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0801868866.

    Foreword in “F2F: New Media Art from Finland” publication. Publisher: Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, 2002. ISBN 0-9724881-0-3.

    3D visualization of the new Bombardier/Kawasaki R142 Subway Car for NYC MTA and Antennadesign in:

    - AXIS design magazine, # 78, Tokyo, Japan. 1999

    - DESIGN NEWS magazine, #241, Tokyo, Japan. 1998

    - “Evolution of New York City Subways” by Gene Sansone. New York City Transit Museum Publications. 1997. 

    Performances and Appearances:

    Jury and Guest Critic Duties, Public Speaking

    Subreviewer: ACE 2015: 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Iskandar, Malaysia, November 2015.

    Member of Jury: Pasadena Center College for Art & Design, Summer 2015 Research Residency, Media Design Practices/Lab+Field

    Visiting Guest Critic: Krzysztof Wodiscko’s Architecture of Cultural Prosthetics class at Harvard School of Architecture, December 2014

    Member of Panel at “Gimme More” Augmented Reality Exhibition Panel, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, February 21st, 2013

    FATLAB Fat Gold Exhibition: FAT Public Access Tech Support Call in Show with Eyebeam Director of Technology and Research Marko Tandefelt, April 4th, 2013

    Future of Labs event at Eyebeam on R&D on Future of News by News corporations, June 12th, 2012
    Member of Jury: SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 Yokohama Japan submissions

    Advisory Council Member: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), 2008 – 2011

    Member of Jury: Eyebeam Residency and Fellowship Jury, 2010 - 2015

    Visiting Guest Lecturer at Krzysztof Wodiscko’s class at MIT Advanced Visual Studies studies program, now MIT ACT, 1999



    Research Interests:

    Future of digital cinema, immersive multisensory interactive storytelling, virtual and augmented reality, computer visualization, electronic music, sensor based musical instruments,  tactical disruptive media, transportation, electric vehicles, sustainability, hybrid multimaterial rapid prototyping, longerterm impact of open source technologies, human factors, presence, belonging, connectivity, affective interfaces, metacognition, cognitive biases, lego and empathy in design, power of collaboration and codesign, empowering open communication, cleaning the planet.

    Awards and Honors:

    Nominated for Distinguished University Teaching Awards at The New School for Design in Spring 2011

    Artist Pioneering Award in Interactive Media, NYU Tisch School of the Arts 1999

    "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” by NYU 1996

    Founder’s Day Award NYU 1996

    Dean’s List of Honors for students with highest GPA, NYU School of Education, 1994, 1995, 1996

    Dean’s Circle for students with highest GPA, NYU School of Education, 1994, 1995, 1996

    Presser Honors, for the student with highest GPA in classNYU School of Education Music Department., 1995, 1996

    My Parsons MFADT Design & Technology Masters student's Awards and Honors:

    Ars Electronica Golden NicaRed Dot, IF, AIGA Award, Adobe Web Design, Golden Web, Cologne Design Award, Nokia Mindtrek, Good Design Award, Future Everything Award, 4.0 Schools Pitch Night Audience Choice Award, Maker Faire's Editor's Choice, Maker Faire's Best in Class, New School New Challenge Grant


    Current Courses:

    Thesis Studio 2