The TransLS Symposium was started in 2016 in memory of Dr. C.V. Ramamoorthy (1926-2016) who was an outstanding scholar and a superb teacher and mentor for all his students and numerous other colleagues. Dr. Ramamoorthy was a strong promoter of transdisciplinary knowledge societies with a unique leadership.

He received six earned degrees, including an undergraduate degree in physics and also an undergraduate degree in textile technology, two graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and later two graduate degrees from Harvard in Applied Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, including his Ph.D. Degree in 1964.

He then joined the University of Texas, Austin, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also served as the Chair of the UT Austin Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and then in 1972 he joined UC Berkeley as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Professor Ramamoorthy was also an outstanding educator whose work has contributed significantly to several aspects of engineering, computer science, and software engineering. He supervised 73 Ph.D. students and he greatly mentored each of his students. Together with Raymond T. Yeh, he is given credit for the early establishment of the discipline of software engineering, the largest of all the engineering disciplines. He was an important figure in the development of computing technology, and was always looking forward to the future. He had a large following worldwide with whom he actively collaborated until the last few months of his life. Through these collaborations, a multitude of advances were made, including the exploration of transdisciplinary methods and the development of a science to support future complex systems design.