R. Colin Johnson, veteran technology correspondent for EE Times, has been named a winner of the 2010 Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship.
Johnson, who is based in Portland, Ore., was one of two winners of the annual fellowship, which was awarded this week in conjunction with the 26th annual Kyoto Prize, Japan’s version of the Nobel Prize. The journalism fellowship is administered by Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
Fellowship winners travel to Japan for one week to attend the Kyoto Prize awards ceremony and interview the prize winners. This year’s recipients include Laszlo Lovasz, the Hungarian-born mathematician who has specialized in a discipline called discrete mathematics. Lovasz “has provided a link among numerous branches of mathematics through his advanced research on discrete structures and algorithms,” the Kyoto Prize committee said in a statement.
Johnson said Lovasz’s work built on research by Claude Shannon, who is credited with inventing the information theory for point-to-point radio communications. “Lovasz used geometry to update Shannon's algorithms for the cell-tower-hopping algorithms used today,” Johnson said.
Also named as a 2010 Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellow was Alice Park, a senior reporter for Time magazine.
The Kyoto Prizes will be awarded on Nov. 10, with laureate lectures and workshops running through Nov. 12.