Dr. Rakesh Misra is director of R&D in VMware’s Service Provider and Edge Business unit. Before joining VMware, he cofounded Uhana Inc., which commercialized an AI/ML-powered observability and optimization platform for mobile radio access networks (RANs). Uhana was acquired by VMware in 2019. At VMware, he leads the architecture and development of VMware’s open RAN platform and the creation of an ecosystem of RAN applications. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.Tech. and M.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, all in electrical engineering.