Abraham Emmanuel

Deputy Commissioner, Traffic Safety and Technology

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)

Abraham Emmanuel is transportation technology leader and visionary with cross functional expertise in application development, communication networks, hardware integration, data analytics, and project management. Currently, Abraham is Deputy Commissioner for Traffic Safety and Technology at Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) where he is responsible for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), city’s traffic signal network, and the red-light and speed camera enforcement programs. Abraham’s ITS projects portfolio includes a Traffic Management Center and Advanced Traffic Management System for implementing active traffic management in Chicago, multiple traffic signal interconnect projects, Citywide smart signals initiative, Midway Airport Smart Corridor project, Transit Signal Priority projects, and Electronic Traffic Crash Reporting System for Chicago Police. In 2019 Abraham developed a traffic signal technology blueprint for Chicago to streamline and modernize technology at traffic signals and in 2021 he was instrumental in releasing a traffic signal management plan for Chicago. Abraham’s current project portfolio include a connected vehicle pilot project and automated signal performance measures for Chicago traffic signals. Abraham holds a master’s degree (MS) in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Illinois Institute of Technology.